Hi, I'm new to the forum and am a FTM. I want to thank you in advance for your help.
My DD is just over 3 weeks old. I EBF, except for one 2oz bottle of breast milk at night that my husband gives her. I started pumping last week in order to build my supply for when I go back to work. In a 24 hour period I generally pump 2-6oz (depending on how often I pump), by pumping after she is done eating and while my husband gives her the bottle.
She normally eats every hour to 2 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night. Sunday night I fed her at 8 and then my husband gave her a 2oz bottle at 10. I went to bed at 9 and when I got up at 2 to feed her (this was the longest stretch of sleep I’ve had in well over a month); it was the first time that I could tell that my breasts were engorged and very full. I have never been that swollen before. She ate her fill and I was still able to pump about 2 oz; same at the 6am feeding. Then all day yesterday, it did not feel like I have gotten full and at almost every feeding, she pulled from the breast and started crying, like she hadn’t gotten enough. Is this a growth spurt?? I had a breakdown because I feel like I'm not producing enough to feed my daughter. I just started taking 2 610mg fenugreek pills 3x/day on Saturday.
Also, in the last 2 days, whenever I pump I barely get anything. But when I quit and try to hand express, I still have quite a bit more milk. Could it be that the pump doesn’t have enough suction or could the shields be too small??
She weighed 8lbs 9oz at birth, was back to her birth weight at day 10, and at day 21 she weighed 9lbs 4.8oz.
She has 6 or more wet diapers and 3 or more dirty diapers (today included).
We use a pacifier, because she is a comfort nurser and my nipples were raw from her just suckling.
She also seems to have colic (inconsolable from 7:30 until 10 nightly) and she is either really gassy or has mild acid reflux. We generally give gas drops after almost every feeding.
Her latch is not the greatest but it works. I usually have to pull her lips out and the latch seems shallow. She cries when I try to get her to take more. I normally wear a size C bra and my boobs have gotten a lot bigger.
Help! All advice is appreciated.