I have been exclusively BF my 4 month old son and now it is not going too well. I always bf on demand and never kept any kind of schedule. The problems started about 12 days ago. At first he got a cold and he reduced nursing becuase of his nasal stuffiness. I did not worry because I thought it was temporary and that he would get right back to it. Then we had family over for a couple of days and he just was very, very fussy and not bfing that well but I thought again it was just temporary. I used to get full, feel full on my breasts and leak and feel soft after he would have sucked. I would leak on the other side when he would nurse but now that has not happened for so long. Now, I haven't felt engorgement since last Friday. He just does not nurse enough times, and for long enough. He also pushes my breasts away. I think my milk supply has greatly reduced. I am very sad and upset.
Along with my milk supply I think baby's appetite has reduced also. Does anyone have any ideas to help me?
He usually nurses only once he is sleepy or sleeping. I can tell that he is not getting enough milk because his diapers are barely wet and he is not sleeping well anymore. He is also drooly, and has been chewing his hands a lot and I considered that he may be teething but can he reduce his feeding so much.
I am not ready to wean. I wanted to bf for at least 2 more years. What can I do to?
I am very sure that he is not getting enough nourishment. Today, I tried to feed him my expressed milk with a bottle but he did not want that either. He did take a little bit with a dropper. I started pumping two days ago every two hours and at first I was getting nothing and now I get 1 to 1.5 oz. I will try to continue to pump to try to get the milk supply to build up. But it's very hard since I have a toddler at home also.
A few nights he seemed to nurse very often in the past few days and a few nights he did not nurse well either. Can anyone out there help me in some ways? ANY HELP OR ADVICE WILL BE GREATLY APPREICATED.
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