My son just turned 4 months and I've been nursing him. I don't have time to pump, and don't usually get enough, so I've been supplementing with formula once or twice a week, when I leave him with my mother. It's usually only for two feedings. However, there were a few occasions (such as a wedding we had to go to) where I've had to leave him for more than 8 hours, and he was given formula.
This week he's started refusing to BF and will cry frantically until I give him a bottle of formula. When I give in and give him the bottle he sucks it down as if he was starving! It breaks my heart to give him a bottle because I feel like I'm not doing a good enough job of nourishing him. But I can't stand seeing him so miserable. I feel like I'm starving him.
I began drinking Fenugreek tea and mother's milk, and eating oatmeal. This seemed to really be working. My breasts feel much fuller. I know I'm producing more milk now. Things seemed to be going well. He was down to taking only one bottle a day, and I would only let him have 3 oz. The rest of the time he was nursing. Yesterday, he went the whole day without a bottle. I was very happy and thought my nursing problems were over. But this afternoon he became very fussy and started refusing to nurse again. Eventually he started screaming and I knew he was hungry, but he would not take my breast, even though I felt full. I did every thing to distract him and kept offering my breast hoping that eventually he would be hungry enough to nurse. But by 5:00 pm I gave up and let him have a bottle, which he devoured!
I don't know what the problem is. At first I thought my supply was low, but now I'm beginning to think there's something wrong with my milk. Maybe it's too thin and not satisfying him, or maybe it's something in my diet that he doesn't like? I've tried to think of what it could be, but I haven't been eating anything different than usual, except the Fenugreek, and this started happening before I took that.
Does anyone have any advice or dealing with the same thing?