Hope you're ready for me to unload! I will list and discuss 1 issue at a time; however, they may be all related:
1) Foremilk/Hindmilk imbalance: Back in Oct. when ds was about 6 weeks old I noticed some streaking blood in his stools off and on. At the same time, I was noticing that he was having what seemed it could be diarrhea, but I wasn't sure because I wasn't positive what bf stools always looked like. After another month or so of this he began to get increasingly fussy at the breast, so I began to get concerned and started researching what it could be. I got on the LLL web site and found that it could be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance...What we were experiencing sounded identical. Their recommendation in the article was to make sure you empty 1 breast to get to the hindmilk. I had been nursing from both breasts for 15 min. each. Sure enough, once I started nursing from just 1 side, I saw a change in his stools, and he wasn't so fussy when nursing. Well as the little fellow has grown, anytime I feel like he needs to nurse from both sides (making sure to empty at least 1), his stools get loose and blood-streaked again, so I resort back to only using 1 breast at each feeding
2) Still nurses every 2-3 hours: He's now 4-1/2 months old and still nurses that often, although he seems satisfied when he pulls off until 2 hours have passed. I'm afraid it's because I only use 1 breast at each feeding (rotating which breast I use); therefore, he’s not getting enough.
3) Still gets up every 3-4 hours at night: Again, I'm afraid it's because he only nurses from 1 breast per feeding.
4) Pumping for the occasional bottle or to mix with cereal: I'm only able to pump about 2 ounces first thing in the morning, and after that I only get maybe an ounce or less.
His pediatrician does not seem to be concerned about any of this because, ds is growing fine. I'm weary from the 2-hour nursings during the day and still getting up every 3-4 hours at night. Not to mention that I'm concerned about my milk supply. Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks So much!