my 4 week old for the past two days has been eating almost all day. i know its likely a growth spurt but i can't keep up with him. Its fine if i can space the feedings on each side to 90 minutes (2 hours is much better) but any less than that and there just isn't much there and by 6pm he is unhappy (clawing, crying, pulling away) at the boob and i get nothing when i try and hand express. he also wont sleep unless in my arms during this time and the sleep strechtes are like 15 minutes long. last night i was able to buy some time by swaddling him and giving him a pacifier and shhing him but i had to hold him the entire time and when i tried to switch arms he'd wake up. by 930 after almost feeding him holding him for 8 hours i gave him 2 oz of formula and he settled down and slept through the night. I got up half way through the night and pumped (so now i have my own milk to give him instead of formula). This morning he's been fine...ate and is now napping. things are fine if the feedings are spaced out or if i can give him a bottle to space them out but by the end of the day I am just out. His latch also gets lazy and i know he's over tired which is why i give him a bottle.
Hes wetting plenty of diapers and things are fine when the feedings are nicely spaced its just what goes on after like 5pm. I am fine with being camped out on the couch with a book and snacks but how long does this go on for and what else can i do?
I know that your supply can dip in the evenings and i know that keeping him on the breast helps my supply. But is 8+ hours of this ok?
I should note that i am pumping and doing the occassional formula if i dont have expressed milk at the suggestion of my ped and the lactation consultant at the hospital because he was jaundice, slow at gaining weight and i had supply issues with my first. I should also note that i am doing much better this time nursing than the first time and when i pump i get 3 oz.
thoughts? suggestions? or just keep doing what i am doing and it will get better?