Re: 8 week old and I need help!
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
I have a suggestion, but I don't think you're going to like it, because it is to cut out the bottles cold turkey. To the point where I would actually throw the bottles and the formula out, so that there is zero temptation to use them.
If you can exclusively breastfeed for every part of the day except for that evening feeding, then I think the problem is NOT your supply, but rather the baby's expectations. She has had 8 weeks of evening bottles, and now she expects one. It may be her way of transitioning into sleep. And it may be enough of a change to her senses that it short-circuits the evening fussiness which is normal for many babies. Both my kids were evening screamers- they'd cry inconsolably for several hours in the evenings; in short, they were colicky. Some things that work for fussy evenings:
- white noise ( radio static, dryer sounds, etc.)
- motion (rock, swing, stroller ride, bounce on exercise ball, etc.)
- trip outside
- warm bath
- physical closeness (wear baby in a sling, snuggle her close to your bare chest)
- nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse
Regarding birth control, if you feel that it's affecting your supply, then ditch it. The are plenty of breastfeeding-friendly methods out there, and we'll be happy to help you find one that will work for you!
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