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    Question Desperate for help

    I am at a loss and don't know what else to do. I just don't understand why breastfeeding is so hard for me. I chose formula with my 1st from day 1. So I went with it with my 2nd too and then decided to try breastfeeding a few weeks in but I had waited too long and had no idea what I was doing so it didn't last more than a week. With my 3rd I wanted to breastfeed. It never went well. My supply never was enough. I tried everything except prescription medication to up my supply and by 5 months he had fallen off the growth chart entirely and I gave up and switched to formula. So with my 4th and last I wanted desperately for it to work. And it went great in the beginning. But now he's 11 weeks and it's so bad I want to quit daily. He slowly started nursing less and less and was nursing as little as 4 mins total from both sides. And absolutely freaking out if I tried to get him to nurse longer. I've gotten him to nurse better over the last couple weeks (it varies from 9 to 20 mins total now) but he's still not nursing enough. I have a scale at home to keep track of his weight and he's gained nearly nothing in 2 weeks. I don't respond to pumping. He won't nurse longer to up my supply. He gets so frustrated nursing after my let down slows that he just won't do it after a few sucks. The doctors say he has reflux and severe colic. He has cried more than he doesn't since day 1. It was so weird to have this 1 day old baby would never stopped crying unless he was nursing. No one visiting could even hold him for a few mins before handing him back because he was screaming. And while he's a little better, he still cries, A LOT. I'm exhausted and just want nursing to work but I'm at a loss at what to do to make it better.

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    Default Re: Desperate for help

    Hi and welcome.

    It can be alarming when weight gain appears to plateau in a baby this young. But the first thing to figure out is why this might be happening and if it the gain is actually abnormal rather than just a blip. Weight gain is rarely steady and many babies slow down in gain at around 3 months of age.

    Are you able to see a board certified lactation consultant? (IBCLC?) She can help you figure out 1) if there really is a problem and 2) If there is, what it is and 3) how to fix it.

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    Default Re: Desperate for help

    with MaddieB. Can you tell us more about how you are weighing baby? Are you using a digital baby scale, accurate to the 1/10th of an oz, or are you using a kitchen scale, or are you stepping on a bathroom scale with baby in your arms?

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    Default Re: Desperate for help

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    with MaddieB. Can you tell us more about how you are weighing baby? Are you using a digital baby scale, accurate to the 1/10th of an oz, or are you using a kitchen scale, or are you stepping on a bathroom scale with baby in your arms?


    I bought a digital baby scale that I use.


    And as far as I know, and Google knows, there's only 1 LC (IBCLC) in my area and she has been no help to me. She just isn't friendly and doesn't seem to want to really help.

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