Hi everyone. my daughter is 8.5 months old and we are running into some challenges with evening breastfeeding and I could use your advice. My daughter receives 3 bottles while I am at work and breastfeeds 3 times a day. On the weekends she breastfeeds 6 times a day. We still use the slow flow newborn nipple, and I have a very fast letdown in one breast and almost none in the other breast. I always offer both during each feeding.
During the evening and bedtime feeding she has progressively gotten more and more fussy over the last month or so. She's always been a little fussy during these feedings, but it's gotten worse and worse as time passes. To the point I dread these feedings and am practically in tears aftewards. First, she will latch, only suck for a couple of seconds then pull off crying. Repeat for 2-3 minutes until letdown occurs. Then, she will nurse while the letdown is strong, and then about 3-4 minutes in when the letdown slows she will pop off and start crying. Latch back on, try to suck, realize the milk isn't coming out easily and pop back off and cry. Repeat, repeat, repeat until we give up. She's getting plenty of milk through the day, weight gain is good. I'm not concerned about her nutrition. Just that she (and I) are on the path to giving up breastfeeding if this continues (we're almost there). I have very good supply early in the day, but (and I see this when I pump at work) it gets less and less as the day goes on so by the end of the day there is less "bulk" and I think it's frustrating her. Or maybe she is getting frustrated because she isn't that hungry (she doesn't do this in the mornings when she's hungry)? We are still doing 6 feedings a day. I don't normally wait for hunger ques, I usually just feed when I suspect she's due to eat. Here is what her schedule looks like:
(bottles on weekdays, nurse on weekends)
7am Nurse - no fussiness, waits for letdown, stays latched
8:30am - fruit
10am Bottle or Nurse - no fussiness, waits for letdown, stays latched
12pm Bottle or Nurse - no fussiness (short session), on/of a little while waiting for letdown
2:30pm Bottle or Nurse - little fussiness, on/off during letdown with fusiness
5pm Nurse - Pretty fussy; doesn't want to wait for letdown and fusses when milk slows
6pm - Veggies
7:30pm Nurse - VERY fussy; letdown takes forever and she won't stay latched while she waits - crying within 3-4 minutes, but keeps trying to latch
I think I am going to pay a LC to come to the house next week to help us. But, if you have any advice in the meantime I am open to ideas!!