Re: Can't seem to fill 'er up
Don't worry, you didn't! I know it must be hard juggling a new baby and a bunch of older kids.
I don't mean to make my DH sound bad.
I know. I hated having to choose between the pump and mothering my baby.
but you know, it's a horrible feeling to have to put the baby down because you didnt feed her well enough.
You might want to call your LC and ask if she can rent you a professional-grade scale. You can use the scale to weigh your baby before and after feedings, and by subtracting the before weight from the after you can determine how much milk she took in while nursing. If your baby got 2 oz from you, you know she got enough to eat and you don't need to give her a bottle.
What times of day? A LOT of babies have an "unhappy hour" (or hours) towards the end of the day. They will fuss and cry and demand to feed extremely frequently, and often have trouble nursing. My personal feeling was always that my kid was fussy towards the end of the day because she was simultaneously too tired to eat and too hungry to sleep.
she just really runs out of steam at certain times of day.
Please don't feel discouraged! A lot of moms struggle- you're not alone, and you shouldn't feel bad. You're doing a hard job- nursing a full-term newborn is hard enough, let alone a preemie who's spent time in the NICU- and you should feel really proud of yourself!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"