I've read through some...but I have a slightly different situation.
This is my 3rd kid. With my first kid, my milk supply was so thick, NOTHING would come out. My daughter latched properly according to the lactation nurses, but all she would get was blood. So I gave up and gave her the bottle, and mentally, gave up at that point all together.
2nd kid, I was too busy with school and dealing with my first kid to even attempt breast feeding, but I did attempt to pump, and again, came in so thick, the first thing to come out was NOT colostrum, but blood.
Round 3. Everything fell just right. EXCEPT, he didn't want to latch. I began pumping to get him what he needs, and before we left the hospital, he was taking formula and whatever I could pump out.
I finally "let down" a few days later after leaving the hospital and have been steady with 4-5 ounces every 3 hours regularly.
Attempted to relatch many times, and no success. Lots of combinations of why....mentally for me....as well as just too late by then and he just doesn't want to.
Here are my questions:
1. How can I increase my supply? I don't mind pumping to give him the milk, but he is dramatically INCREASING.
Mind you he is almost 3 weeks old and taking down 6-8 ounces the past few days, which has dwindled what little bit I had already been able to set aside.
Quick family history, BOTH his sisters did the same thing. At 2 weeks, they were both taking down 6-8 ounces of formula BUT they were spitting it up, and we were required to add a tad bit of cereal to thicken it (before the AR was available). And that solved their spit up problem, AND got them back down to 4 -6 ounces a feeding.
He just isn't spitting up what he is taking down. Like He woke up at noon. Took down 5 ounces. Was up looking around for a bit. At around 12:50, he was fussing again for food. (was sure it was nothing else...won't take a pacifier). And sure enough, he just took down another 4 ounces. UGH.
I physically cannot keep up. Doc gave me the choice, I can add formula or cereal.........my choice....but cereal was used in the past for spit up issues, something I"m NOT dealing with. he keeps it ALL down. Every last drop.
He gained over a pound and a half from his discharge at the hospital to his 2 week appointment.
So he's growing and growing FAST for a breast fed baby according to the doc.
Ok, I'm a rambler....sorry. LOL
Which leads me to my 2nd question.....Which should I attempt first? I can't just say< SORRY DUDE, ALL OUT, CLOSED for the night! NOr will he wait the extra hour or two before I am able to pump ANYTHING productive.
SHould I just add the cereal or an ounce or two of formula to see if it helps fill him up a bit?