Re: Am I doing ok?
Welcome! It sounds like you're doing really well, so I think you should probably put that formula back on the shelf for another day (or better yet, donate it to a women's shelter- they're always short of formula). As long as diaper output remains normal, then you don't need to worry about the baby's intake even if she acts fussy at the breast.
I have a few questions for you:
1. What make/model of pump do you have? The type of pump you use can make an immense difference in output.
2. What sort of bottles and bottle nipples are you using? You want to use the absolute slowest flow nipples possible, and you may want to look into using a "breast-like" bottle like the Adiri or Breastflow that's supposed to mimic the breast and reduce the likelihood that a baby will come to prefer the bottle.
3. Is there any particular reason why your baby is nursing only every 3-3.5 hours? Many babies nurse much more frequently, and frequent nursing can help boost supply, so if your baby will nurse more often, you probably want her to do so.
4. Can you sneak in another pumping session at work? The more often you pump, the more milk you'll get and the higher your overall supply will be. Check out this link on increasing the amount you pump: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html
Not sleeping through is normal for all babies, formula-fed or breastfed. Your son was a bit unusual in sleeping through so early, but your daughter sounds typical.
She has not really been sleeping through the night...is this normal for a bf baby?
She is also getting two teeth on the bottom, they have both broken through...and she has a stuffy nose....which can all contribute to the fussiness.
The fussiness may be because your baby is reconnecting with you and wants your attention, or it could be related to time of day- you're coming home just when she's getting tired out. You might want to consider having your mom try offering smaller bottles more frequently- say a 2 oz bottle every 1.5 hours or so- and see if that changes anything.
My mom takes care of her while I am gone so she has suggested giving her more milk....but she has really been very good while I am away.....not fussy at all. It seems like she's just fussy when I am BF her.
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