I'm new here and must say that finding this forum has been a godsend! I thought I was all alone in my doubts and worries regarding bf.
My son is 4weeks old today, and there still seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when he eats. Sometimes he will go 2-3 hours between feedings and then other times it seems to be non-stop....like today....he eats for a hour, then 20-45 min later he's ready to eat again! He has only slept about a hour today since he woke this a.m. Fortunately, the night time is pretty smooth sailing. We can usually get him to go down in his bassinet around 10:30 or 11:00pm and he will sleep 3-4 hours then he wakes and eats then goes back to sleep. That usually takes 45min to an hour, then he's up again around 6 or 7am. That is when the inconsistentcy begins. I've tried to bf him every 2 hours to get on a schedule, but he's not having any part of it. It's just all helter skelter...and I know not bf when he's signaling he's hungry just to get on a schedule is NOT the thing to do and I haven't. I'm always ready to bf when he's ready to eat.
What hasn't helped is my DH. Every single time Zach cries, he says "he's hungry again" and is convinced that I'm not producing enough milk. He has even gone so far as to say, "this BF thing in not working." UGH!
He's seems to be forgetting all the dirty diapers we have both changed! I was fairly confident in my supply, but now I have my doubts. I did succomb to using a pump and giving some emb in a bottle. As of 2 days ago, I literally looked at Zach and said this is a team effort buddy, and we are going to succeed. I haven't pumped since. So, I guess my questions are as follows:
1. Does it sound to you all like I have a supply issue?
(note: I have experienced engorgement and leaking. Have been able to
pump as much at 4oz at one time)
2. How can you tell if they are truly swallowing or just using you for comfort?
3. How on earth to you begin to try to get your little one on a schedule?
4. Is it too early to start establishing a nite-time routine? 10:30-11:00pm is pretty late for "bed time"
I feel completely inadequate....
Any and all feedback is welcomed>