SORRY THIS IS SO LONG!
Hi, we are in trouble as my 6 week old son has put on only 5 oz in 2.5 weeks (he’s now 8 lb 8 oz) and my pediatrician has diagnosed me with low milk supply. My poor son has to suck so often before he swallows, he either gets very frustrated or he falls asleep and feedings go on forever – or until I stop them. If I double pump an hour after feeding him I get only 1 to 1.5 ounces. I have been taking Mothers Milk Plus for 3 days but it doesn't seem to have had much impact. I just began to supplement him with formula because the poor child is clearly distressed, but I want to get my milk back up and phase out the supplements, so I would appreciate any advice on these two issues:
First, how should I fit in the pumping? I always thought I should pump after a feeding, but I have just been advised to do it before, because the baby is more effective than the pump. True, I’m sure, but I’m terrified of frustrating him further and making him reject the breast. I can pump one breast while feeding him on the other, but one breast doesn’t give him very much. Also, how often should I pump?
Also, I’m concerned that (although I basically feed him around the clock for most of the afternoon and evening) the fact the baby is sleeping for 5-6 hours at night is having an impact. He does that because we give him 2-3 oz of expressed milk in a bottle beforehand. Of course we love the fact that we can get some good rest, and the pediatrician says that I need rest to have a decent supply, but I’m still concerned. Should I be waking him up or pumping during the night? (Pumping would be easier because the way feedings are now, they go on until I stop them as baby keeps waiting for more).
I would so appreciate your advice!