I have been working for six weeks to increase my supply. My son is 8 weeks old and we are breast feeding around 12 times per day. About 3 times per day he finishes both breasts and then starts to frantically kick, punch, cry, and bob his head on and off the nipple. If we try to calm him with walking, jiggling, swaddling, changing, etc, he continues rooting and violently sucking his fist.
I should point out that he was slow to gain weight early on. He was born at 6 lb 14 oz and didn't regain his birth weight until week 3. Maybe he is just playing catch up?
Because of our early BFing challenges, I have been seeing a lactation consultant for six weeks. We have tried pumping after feeding, massaging my breasts during feeding, fenugreek, more milk plus, and now I am on domperidone. After one week I haven't noticed much difference. The doctor that prescribed the domperidone now suggested shatavari. But I noticed on a random website that you are not supposed to take both domperidone and shatavari? Has anyone heard why or know if this is true?
In the meantime, I have been supplementing with formula because he is definitely still hungry. This is also based on the LC's recommendation. He is asking for about 10 oz per day. We started supplementing at week 2 because he was too lethargic to eat. Half the time I use a syringe with feeding tube, and the other half I use a bottle (now with the Kassing method).
I am hoping you all will have some suggestions on how to proceed!!
thanks so much,
I'm pasting his weight history below, for more context:
All naked weights
Birth (17 April): 6 lb 14 oz
3 days (20 April): 6 lb 4 oz
2 weeks (3 May): 6 lb 7 oz
2.5 weeks (6 May): 6 lb 10 oz
started taking fenugreek at 5.4 g per day
3 weeks (10 May): 6 lb 15 oz
LC recommended supplement as needed
4 weeks (14 May): 7 lb 4 oz
LC recommended 4-6 oz supplement per day
5 weeks (21 May): 7 lb 9 oz
LC recommended Kassing method for bottle feeding, supplement 4-6 oz/day
6 weeks (27 May): 7 lb 15 oz
LC recommended supplement as needed if he is still hungry
Also suggested I see director of lactation program about domperidone and possible thyroid issues
7 weeks (3 June): 8 lb 12 oz on different scale
prescribed domperidone at 20 mg for 2x per day
8 weeks (11 June): 9 lb 9 oz
raised domperidone to 20 mg for 3x per day and suggested shatavari at 2-3 g per day