Hello ladies, this is my 1st post. Thanks for any advice you can share. Okay, my baby girl is 6 months as of 3weeks ago. Since her 6 month check-up with ped, she weighted 14lbs. She's always increased in weight. That's not the problem. I've been totally freaked out on what I believe is low supply. And now ped. told me to start her breakfast/ lunch/ dinner solids.
Her first 2 weeks were only cereal with breast milk. However; thats when my panic kicked in. Since I've never had to pump. I'm a stay at home mom, and my LO is EBF, I literally got nothing. This was the scariest time for me. I feel like I should be able to have enough milk for my baby's morning cereal. Or be able to pump out milk to store. As the days passed it was a struggle, but just getting by. My ped said I should feed her till she doesn't want anymore. Then in between breastfeed. However; my concern is that she will completely wean off breast milk and I'll lose supply if I do this.
I'm very conflicted and confused. I don't know why when I pump I'm lucky to get 1oz. She does feed every 2 hrs or more on demand. LC, advised me to feed her then pump. However; I don't know how often I should be pumping & for how long? Those of you with oversupply, store it now! That's awesome! I take 4 pills fenugreek, eat oatmeal am/pm, drink 32oz water bottle 5-6 X daily. Why is this happening? My eating has been off. Sometimes you lose track of eating. Could this be why, I feel low supply? I guess, I'm stressing out due to output of pumping milk. Now that I have to pump for her cereal/solids this has become an issue for me. How do I become an over supplier like many moms? What's the key?
So, I fed her cereal for 2 weeks. That was a struggle in it self to pump enough for her morning cereal. I usually don't pump more than .05 or 1oz. She does still wake at least 3-4 times at night to feed. Could this be why? Since she is a round the clock feeder I'm not storing much? When she was first born I did pump twice and I did get something like 3-4 ounces ea. boob. That was great.
Now she should be eating 3x daily. Yikes! I don't want this to end breastfeeding. Help! I haven't followed what ped told me to do because I'm literally lost and scared that she will wean off her milk & and I will lose supply completely. I met with a LC and she told me that I shouldn't be spoon feeding her at 6mo. That I should only be feeding for taste and texture at this point. So now I only give her very little and allow her to play with spoon only. I only allow this once or twice daily. Is this okay? Will she be affected nutritionally if I don't follow docs orders with solids.
My baby girl is healthy and has always gained weight at every check-up. Thank god! Today we visited ped. Due to ear infection. She weighed 15Lbs.12oz. How awesome is that. Once again she's gained weight since last visit 3weeks ago. I mentioned to ped that I'm concerned about her weaning off the breast milk since he wants me to start solids 3X daily. I felt as if he didn't agree with me. He told me, that she needs her foods. He said feed her first than breastfeed. However; my LC told me opposite. She said always breastfeed first than let her just explore the food. Because if not she will self wean and breastfeeding will be over. So Im very conflicted and confused. Because they are totally opposite of what to do. You think your ped would be giving same advise. It's confused me. I don't want to cause my daughter any malnutrition of any sort.
Ladies here's my short term goal BF up to 1 yr. if I can easily make that goal, then go for another year. I feel that my ped. Isn't gonna like my decision but I am her mother and that's my choice, Right? With that said my husband piggy backs with whatever ped says. Since he's the doc! Like my husband says "well your not the doctor he's telling you for a reason". Ugh... Its so important to maintain our special bonding time. Not only that, the benefits of breast milk do wonders. So mamas please tell me how you are making this work? How do I reach my overall goal? Sorry for such a lengthy post. But I'm seriously stressing out . Thanks for any advice.