Re: Facing many challenges, looking for support (*long*)
Ok, so thee is a lot I can suggest...the first is a nursing vacation. Only nurse, don't offer solids, no other fluids, and within a day her appetite will soar. By the next day your supply should start to rebound with extra fluids on your part and a healthy eating regimen. Think oatmeal for breakfast, lots of veggies...fruit. I know this works because I was sick, my son was sick, teething and distractable and my supply dropped too. He was a healthy weight and I had a free weekend since I was sick and so was he... I stayed home and nursed all day for two days while taking motherlove more milk plus and drinking mothers milk tea... my supply rebounded and my son did a great job for the FIRST TIME draining the breast. He learned to really work at nursing instead of waiting for supplementation. If i were you, I would also decrease the solids...3 meals a day is excessive for a baby under a year unless you are almost weaned which shouldnt happen before a year either. My son is a greedy little pig when it comes to food...he'll eat until he falls into a food coma. It really interfered. With my nursing for a bit when I was letting him have as much as he wanted amount wise with the solids. I cut back to 2-3 oz a meal for the solids and only allowed those meals after a nursing session. I do a breakfast and a dinner and it works well. After the meals I do a quickie nurse and he is totally fine with the new arrangement. I never add formula and I give whole foods with lots of finer like fruit and veggies, no empty or processed calories. Food is really not important right now and it interferes with nursing quite often leading to early weaning.
So I encourage you to try motherlove more milk plus tincture and do a nursing vacation ti retrain your little one to nurse for all its worth. Also I agree with the Pps, you should add a night time pump or feed. My son slept through 2 nights in a row and my supply was effected. I would try a few quick nursing sessions whenever you have 5 minutes too... I started doing that recently and my distractable son thinks its fun to snack when he is having playtime. He comes crawling over spends a few minutes on each side and then goes back to playing. So offer more if you have any opportunity, cut back food and supplementation as neither can compare to the nutrients and quality of your milk.
You are doing so well keeping up with bfing, you can continue with just a few adjustments. Great job!
Last edited by @llli*diymom; April 6th, 2013 at 06:51 PM.
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