My LO turns 5 months on the 31st. He's had trouble with BMs, he would go weeks @ a time. I've read that it was normal for breastfed babies to skip BMs & go sometimes a week without. But our LO would go WEEKS & become very fussy, gassy & strain to go. We'd try stimulation with the thermometer but that never seemed to help. The ped dr recommended juice & suppositories as needed. Sometimes he would go on his own but when we were nearing a week & he's straining would go on for hrs we'd help him with a suppository. Then he'd go almost instantly & we'd have poopy explosions. At his 4 month checkup, the dr asked about he's BMs (we started a poop Log) & he suggested we started him on oatmeal. Since the oatmeal he's been going daily. YEAH!!! We only give him a tablespoon with about an oz - 2oz of Breast milk before he's bed-time feeding. He's doing great with the spoon!
Everything has been great till last night. He's slept through the night ever since he's come home from the hospital & last night he was up @ 3am. he woke us with his rainforest soother. So I changed he's peed diaper & brought him to bed for a snack. He ate really well & then snuggled in After about 10 minutes he started wiggling about & I thought he was uncomfortable so I put him back in his crib. A few minutes later the rainforest soother came back on. Dh & I tried to ignore it & go back to sleep but LO started screaming. This went on for 2 hours off & on. It wasn't hunger, loneliness, or needing to poo...(I was in tears) Finally 6am he feel asleep & I didn't have the heart to wake him to eat so I just rolled him toward me & he latched in his sleep. He ate for a bit & then DH took him to Grandma's.
I called on my lunch hr to check on him & she said he ate one bottle, started fussing & she couldn't figure out what was wrong, so she offered him another bottle & he ate half of it. Now I'm cause I only send 3 4oz bottles (she has some frozen, only a few) & I only pump 4 oz each pump break. I'm hoping that maybe this is just a growth spurt cause I don't know how I'm going to provide him enough milk. My work is 45 minutes away & I work 9hrs. So I'm away for almost 11 hrs. I pump (20 minute) as soon as I get to work, on my lunch break & again in the late afternoon before I leave. I get exactly 3 4oz bottles which I send the next day or freeze on fridays. I only have about 2-3 work days worth in my freezer. So I'm wondering if it's time to have Grandma give the LO solids while I'm @ work?
I'm trying not to stress cause I know it effects the supply. Oh, I drink mother's tea after every pumping session & eat oatmeal for breakfast each morning & drink water by the gallons.
this was so long...