Re: New Here! Help! Feeling So Lost!
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
First, I think you should focus on what is going right! Your baby's bili levels are coming down. You're feeding baby exclusively on breastmilk. Your baby is latching and nursing. Those are all terrific things.
I'm glad that you're planning to go in to the clinic on Monday. Do they have an independent lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, there? I think you will really benefit from some hands-on help, and when you're struggling with a newborn, it pays to have the best. If you can get in to see someone on Sunday, go for it. If not, Monday will do. Until then, here are some things you can do that may keep baby a little less fussy at the breast:
- Try different positions.
- Do breast compressions while you're nursing, both to keep baby awake and to increase his milk intake.
- Keep the supplements small. At 11 days old, 2 oz can be an entire feeding. So I would want the bottles to be about 1 oz. 2.5 oz is probably way over the baby's needs. If the baby nurses 12 times a day, that would end up being 12 oz of supplement which strikes me as ample for a baby this age.
- Try to finish feedings at the breast- that is, nurse, supplement, and then nurse again so that baby associates the feeling of being satiated and happy with being at the breast rather than on the bottle.
When you go in to see the LC, I would suggest having the following happen:
- Bring baby hungry so that LC can observe baby latching and feeding.
- Do a weigh-feed-weigh measurement on the baby so that you know how much he can take in while nursing.
- If the weigh-feed-weigh suggests that his intake is low, consider renting a scale for home use so that you can do your own weighed feeds. Knowing exactly how much your baby took in while nursing helps you know when you need to supplement and when you don't, and getting lots of data will present a much more complete picture of the baby's nursing ability than a one-time snapshot at the LC's office.
- Bring your pump and have the LC check your shields and watch you pump, as she may be able to find things about pumping that could be improved.
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