Okay ladies, I'm in a bit of a pickle here... I want to help, but don't want to be pushy.
A good friend of mine had her bouncing baby boy on June 26, so he's about 6 weeks old now. They had trouble in the beginning, mainly with his latch. So she pumped and also supplemented. After a couple of weeks, his weight was back up and she stopped supplementing and pumping. I was thrilled!
Then at about the 3 week growth spurt, things started to turn sour again. Of course, LO was up all night, crying, wanting to nurse all the time, etc. Now unfortunately, I don't find out about this until 2 days later. (Even though I've told her many times to call me whenever with questions, most of my information is coming through her dh. He works with my dh.) Anyway, I called as soon as I found out, and told her about growth spurts, and how taxing they can be. I tried to comfort her and tell her that things do get better.
Then today we all had lunch together. She says that she's "whimping out on the whole breastfeeding thing". Apparently she's reading a book (don't know which one), and now she's convinced that he isn't getting enough to eat. So she's supplementing and pumping again. She was also trying the CIO method with her 6 week old!
Anyway, tomorrow we're all getting together for dinner. I want to try and sit down with her and talk shop, but I don't want to hurt feelings. I know she really wants the breastfeeding to work, but she's frustrated. She even gave me back the copy of The Womanly Art that I gave her.
I want her to know that I'm her for her, and that she can make this work. We all remember how these first few weeks can be!
Any of you wiser ladies have any ideas how to help? I'd appreciate any and all suggestions...