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04/09/2013 at 17:47
Please help me, I am teetering on the brink here
M is baby no 3 and the first I have Bf'd. Up until 2 weeks ago (when we went on holiday) I was BF on demand, probs every 2 ish hours. Sleep was pretty good, sometimes she'd go through sometimes one night feed. Weight gain is steady but slow and she hovers around the 25th centile. She has always had one formula feed in teh evening plus I was pumping first thing most days. She cluster feeds from about 5pm onwards.
2 weeks ago we went on holiday and carried on as above minus the pumping. She was feeding pretty much hourly but I put that down to the heat and thirst. Sleep was great.
Since we came back at the weekend feeding has been a constant battle. Initially I put it down to her body clock being a bit out although there was only a 3 hour time difference and just carried on as usual. However, I just don't seem to be able to satisfy her. She is literally screaming blue murder at every feed. Unless we are out and she's in the pram and therefore asleep she pretty much wants to be attached constantly but even with both boobs she is still screaming, proper big sobs for more :(. I usually have a really strong let down but I have noticed these last few days that where previously I would feel it in 2 or 3 sucks it's taking ages, like a good few minutes, and she is getting really angry. I've had to bring her bottle forward as I've just not been able to cope with it and she is downing it as if she is starving whereas normally we;d battle over 2 hours or so to get it into her. She is also really fussing about latching on.
I just don't know what to do. I am eating and drinking plenty, I have had porridge every day this week for brekkie and have bought cereal bars for snacks. I am really at melting point. Without saying it I know my H is thinking I am just not satisfying her and would happily giver her formula. I FF my first 2 and have no issues whatsoever with formula but this is my last baby and up until this week I have enjoyed feeding her and really want to carry on.
Any ideas or words of wisdom? I am off for a little sob now after writing this :( x
04/09/2013 at 17:49
Oh I should add she's 16 weeks on Friday, born at 38 weeks. Could it just be the dreaded 16 week GS
04/09/2013 at 17:52
How old is she? Sorry memory like a sieve! Do you have a bfc you could see? Oats are great so flapjack etc, skin to skin is great for boosting supply, maybe try a baby moon again? Also fussing is quite common to stimulate let down before they latch on. Remember a bottle is easier for them so they don't have to work quite so hard to get the milk out, perhaps you could stop it for a while?
04/09/2013 at 17:53
Oh yes I think it's the 16w gs love, he'll but it does pass x
04/09/2013 at 18:03
i really do hope that's all it is. i genuinely don't remember it with the other 2 but maybe it was easier to just shove a bottle in their mouth when they squawked at me plus i guess H would have helped but this time it's all down to me.....
04/09/2013 at 18:15
Sounds like a growth spurt to me, rather than lowsupply,although have you read Kellymom advice on it?
04/09/2013 at 18:16
My first thought is 4 month growth spurt. I think you just need to grin and bare it if you want to continue bfing. It's awful but it does pass. Your supply will adjust and you will get there. I'd just keep offering the boob and as much skin to skin as possible.
Lots of oats - excuse for flapjacks! Lots of water and make sure you eat regularly. You will get through!
04/09/2013 at 21:02
I would definitely say growth spurt. I remember A was a nightmare for about 5/7 days. We actually went on holiday when he was 16 weeks and I was feeding every hour and a half/2 hours, for 45 minutes to an hour each time, with A never seeming satisfied.
Skin to skin is good to boost supply. Also, have you tried drinking barley water, it's meant to be really good to boost supply.
04/09/2013 at 21:04
Thank you all. I will look at that link and see if I can grab some barley water tomorrow - never heard of that before but worth a try :)
04/09/2013 at 23:18
Sounds like the 16 week growth spurt to me.
This. Too. Shall. Pass
05/09/2013 at 00:59
I had this last week. He's a few days older than her. I thought about more ff too but thankfully all settled again now!
05/09/2013 at 07:57
You are all reassuring me, thank you. On a brighter note she crashed at 9, fed at 6 and is still sparko now! Going to have to wake and dress her so we can get to school!
05/09/2013 at 09:38
I would say 16 week growth spurt too. That was by far the worst one for us so far, much worse than the early days GS. A's lasted a while but she did eventually come through it. Just hang on in there
16/09/2013 at 19:39
Bouncing for pork chop
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