Re: FTM EBW questioning myself
Frequent feedings are textbook normal at 6 weeks. My kids both fed every 1-2 hours round the clock at that age, with periods of cluster feeding in the evenings. What were you thinking to achieve by spreading out the baby's feedings?
recently she seems to not be getting enough,or at least that's how she's been behaving. I pretty much always fed on demand ( apart from one day here and there when tried to spread the time between feeds a little with paci or by distracting her). Which means if she's awake feeding anything between every hour to few minutes apart.
As LLLMeg said, milk need peaks in the first month or so, and then levels off.
I'm getting worried that as she's getting bigger she requires more milk and I'm not producing enough at this point
If you could go back in time to when you were a baby, I bet you'd catch someone doing to your mom just what she is now doing to you: sowing the seeds of self-doubt. It's really, really easy to sabotage a breastfeeding mom's confidence. Just tell her that if her milk supply were normal, the baby wouldn't need to nurse so often. Or tell her that the reason her baby is fussy or doesn't sleep long stretches must be because her milk isn't filling enough. Or remind her how well she turned out, even though she was formula-fed. Or tell her that her own mother was also unable to nurse.
and my mum told me that I wasn't getting full on her breastmilk and she had to top me up with formula.
You can love and respect your mom, but this is one area in which you should not be guided by her experience.
Pain-free latch + baby gaining well = breastfeeding is going just fine. Don't look for problems where there aren't any!
I thought the latch was ok, doesn't hurt or anything but now I'm doubting it and thinking maybe that's the problem?
She's been gaining well, born 8.5lb, now 12.3lb.
Considering that your baby has such good weight gain, I wouldn't consider reflux a strong possibility. But the green and blood-streaked poops are suggestive of a food intolerance. Ordinarily I am not a fan of moms doing dietary eliminations for healthy babies, but if you want you could try taking dairy out of your diet for a couple of days and seeing if things change. Sensitivities to cow's milk proteins are common, and that would be the first thing to try if you do decide to eliminate potential offenders in your diet. (Please note that a sensitivity to cow's milk proteins is not the same as lactose intolerance.)
I'm also worrying that maybe she has silent reflux hence the fussiness and constant 'hunger'. Noticed several times that she'll feed, be content, then she'll burp with little milk and starts crying. Like if that acid is bothering her and she wants to drink to relieve that feeling. However she doesn't really have many other signs of reflux. I'm thinking maybe some food intolerance as her poop's been green recently. It was yellowish at the beginning and every now and then, but now (for about a week) is always green, sometimes with tiny streaks of blood.
What a ridiculous suggestion! What on earth was the GP thinking. Did he/she say?
Asked GP on our 6 weeks check and she suggested to give my LO bottle once a day, whether formula or expressed milk
The problem is that we live in a society that has forgotten what normal breastfeeding looks like. People expect that breastfeeding babies should behave and feed like formula-fed ones; that is, they should eat large amounts rather infrequently. We also live in a society which places a very high value on independence. Many people think that when a woman is at the beck and call of a young baby, she clearly can't be enjoying her independence, and the solution is to force the baby to be more convenient and less demanding (i.e. less like a baby!). Sadly, using bottles and schedules are a great way to derail breastfeeding, and often do not result in greater freedom for mom. For example, my bottle-feeding friends are up with their babies just as much as I ever was. But when their babies are hungry at 2 am, they have to go down to the kitchen and make and warm a bottle, and then feed the baby that bottle, and then rock the baby back to sleep- whereas I only ever had to roll over, latch baby on, and drift back to sleep!
However seems like wherever you turn everybody suggesting adding some water and formula for baby to drink and extend times before feedings. I'm not going to do that but just wonder there must be a reason why so many people suggesting that.
Don't let it.
It's just messing with my head.
. Nope, nope, nope, nope. Frequent nursing is the ultimate in responsive parenting, and it WORKS. There is nothing you can do- not rocking or lullabies or baby massage or whatever- that will soothe a baby the way the breast will. The breast is always the best, easiest, and most natural solution to the problems of a young baby.
I feel like constant feeding my DD is just quick fix.
I know it feels like you'll be stuck in this demanding newborn phase forever, but it will end! I promise. My second baby was an evening cluster feeder extraordinaire. She nursed every 5 minutes for about 1-2 hours every evening when she was small. And she grew out of it. In fact, she's easier to get to bed than her 7 year old sister!
I know many women her did that so please reasure me that I won't end up with 2 year old wanting to cluster feed for hours in the evening.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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