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26/10/2013 at 21:26
J is 14 weeks now and exclusively breast fed. A few weeks ago I posted cos I was having supply issues but it seemed to be sorted. The last couple of days he seems to be struggling to get enough milk from me. I think he likes the fast flow so after a few minutes when it slows down he's getting really angry and frustrated. I had to give him 5oz expressed milk this afternoon after feeding from both breasts. He's cried on and off all evening and I've finally settled him with lots of skin to skin. He still feeds during the night which I know is an important time for milk production so I'm at a total loss now as to what else I can do. I have no more milk in the freezer now and I was very close to asking my neighbour to go to Asda for me for formula as my H is on nights but I really don't want to have to resort to that. I never had any problems like this feeding the other 2
26/10/2013 at 21:33
Growth spurt! Check out my post from about the same stage. It was hideous and I was going to give up as well but I got through it thankfully. Big hugs xx
26/10/2013 at 21:40
I was going to say it sounds like a growth spurt. Hopefully if it is, your supply will catch up in a few days. I mixed fed and it worked very well for me but it will reduce your milk supply x
26/10/2013 at 21:42
Thanks both, not sure it is a GS though, he's not feeding more often. 3 to 4 hours still and just a minute or 2 of feeding and he's frustrated. I rarely feel the let down and my boobs never feel full
26/10/2013 at 22:24
It does sound to me like you have a milk transfer issue. Could be have an undiagnosed tongue tie? Hard to detect if PTT and can cause huge issues.
How is his latch? Any clicking or dribbling during feeds? What shape are your nipples after feeds?
Can you get to a bf clinic or face to face counsellor? I think you need proper professional help - after two previous children you know when something isn't quite working right.
In the short term have you checked the Kellymom advice? The only things I would suggest would be latch techniques (esp deep latch - Dr Jack Newman clips are great) or block feeding to make sure he gets hind milk.
27/10/2013 at 01:02
Thanks SL, I'm sure his latch is fine as I had pain feeding early on so went to a breast feeding support group and she checked. Tongue tie I've asked about a few times too and been told he's fine. Will have a look on Kelly mom just now. He's feeding now which I know is a good time for milk production so that's one good thing I guess. Thanks for the advice x
27/10/2013 at 09:55
Hi. Have had the same issues with my lo for the past few weeks who is now 15 weeks. Weight dropped too so after a lot of tears went to see a lactation consultant. She spent a lot of time with us and with minor adjustments to my hold position milk supply improved. I am topping up with 2oz of expressed and 2oz of formula. Formula was not something I wanted but when I saw lo guzzling it I realised that she needs it and afterall its why I'm here. There is much less crying and fuss now and she has much better sleeps. Might be worth a try? We used the ready made kind as it is only temporary and should save wastage. Hope things improve.
27/10/2013 at 12:52
Could you try and feed him after maybe 2 hrs, rather than waiting until he's really hungry? He might have a bit more patience and try to feed longer (thinking to up the supply)
27/10/2013 at 12:54
Has he had more bottles recently than normal? I found when I came off nights I struggled to get L to feed from me because he knew a bottle was easier - he had to work harder at the breast.
27/10/2013 at 13:06
Thanks bell, really don't want to introduce formula unless it becomes essential. He should be getting weighed in a couple of weeks so will see what happens after that.
Only had about 2 bottles in the last month LR. Planning on feeding him more often the next few days, just frustrating really :-(
27/10/2013 at 13:15
Growth spurt doesn't just mean increased feeding it can be the fussiness at the breast which is part of stimulation milk supply. Just because you don't feel as full please don't think there isn't milk there it's probably that your body is more efficient. I'd do lots of skin to skin, as much feeding as possible and hope it passes, if not perhaps think about seeing someone.
27/10/2013 at 13:40
Hope it passes quickly, its so frustrating x
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