I have a few major problems I am facing right now and I need help and advice. I am sorry this is so long but please understand...
Almost 2 weeks ago I found out I had an respiratory infection and my doctors gave me meds that were safe for my baby while nursing. I went back in this morning because I am not much better. They gave me stronger antibiotics, steroids and decongestants. However, these meds are not safe for my LO to nurse. They insist that I need to take the stronger meds because in the past I have ended up with pneumonia so easily. The unsafe meds last only 8 days and the antibiotics I will be on for 14 days (but they are safe-ish cat. 2).
I do have a freezer stash that I started for them I return to work in Jan that I can use but is there anything else special you would recommend to help me maintain my supply? I will pump as much as possible but I am exhausted and I'm not sure I can keep it up ever 2 hours which is when my LO normally feeds. Also, when I pump I do not get as much milk out as my LO seems to when she nurses. Add to that, my doctor told me the meds I am on may make my milk dry up. Please tell me there is something I can do to prevent this from happening.
One last major problem....My LO was a very sleepy baby (still is somewhat) and had weight gain problems early on and is now finally gaining weight. She is just over 10 pounds at 2 months. She has been taking bottles fine in the past but it has only been 1-2 bottles per day since about week 4 (so my DH can feed and help me out). Today when I started taking the meds and giving her stored EBM from bottles she was fine with it for the first feeding. Since the first feeding she is fighting me and will only take 30mL (1 ounce) before refusing to eat and she will only eat once every 2 hours or so. She clamps her jaw shut and there is no way to get it open. I have tried to wait until she yawns or cries to put the nipple in by she refuses to drink from it. I just tried a cup and oral syringe (we used both successfully in the beginning) and now she spits out every bit of the milk and will not swallow anything after the first ounce!
We have had such a rough time in the beginning getting my LO to latch and nurse (did not start nursing until 3 weeks and is now 8 weeks and finally has the latch almost perfect). What do I do? I am afraid of some many things - her not eating enough, making her sick, loosing my milk...any advice?