Re: BF after reduction -struggles at week four
hi mama, it sounds like you're doing everything right, actually. is this current plan sustainable for you? for another few weeks, maybe another 4 weeks? because it sounds like at this point he is actually getting only about 8 oz/day of formula, which is GREAT, and you are providing the rest (nursing or pumping). and that weight gain is good. so IF this is sustainable for you for a little while, then i'd suggest continuing to do everythign you're doing. if the shield is working for you right now, keep using it. you can sort that out after you sort out supply and latch. the only big problem is the pain which fixing that will probably help with several issues - you'll be able to nurse longer so you won't have to pump as much, and the stimulation for your supply will be better, and of course the no pain thing is big too
can you figure out any pattern to when you're feeling pain? with or without shield? morning or night? beginning or end of feed?
can you have someone look at the latch in person? an IBCLC or LLL leader?
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