6 month old: self-weaning? Lack of supply?
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|Wed, 07-25-2012 - 12:28am|
From the very beginning we struggled with BF. My son was born tongue-tied which didn't allow him to latch. A nurse introduced a "nipple shield" to help and although he was now able to latch he would not feed without it! The unfortunate part is that the nipple shield does not stimulate let downs as efficient as without so in turn he was not getting very much milk. His feeds were lasting an hour and he would still be hungry when he unlatched. Since Kohen is my first, I have no experience with this sort of thing. He was so lethargic that he wasn't showing me the cues of not having enough milk and ended up getting urate crystals. From that point on we topped him up with formula starting with every feed and after a couple of weeks we were able to stop the top ups all together at 3.5 months when I was finally able to get rid of the nipple shield and started taking Fenugreek! We didn't have an easy run at it to say the least....
Finally at 3.5 months things seemed to improve. Feeds were lasting 40 minutes (20 minutes each side) and he was unlatching happy. I thought we had I all figured out. At 4.5 months I introduced solid foods due to his interest in our food and because his BF started slowly decreasing. He was more then ready for this transition, but since he has been eating solids more regularly; breakfast and dinner, his feeds have drastically decreased. Now Im lucky to have him feed 10 minutes all together! (1-3 minutes on the R side and 5-7 on the L). My son will only work for one let down starting on the L side and will unlatch fussing and crying until I place him on the R side where the milk is waiting for him. He will drink that and quickly unlatch. He lasts a maximum of 3 hours between feeds and during the night wakes every 2-3 hours to feed. The last feed before bed would not satisfy him. He would unlatch and scream so I've resorted to topping him up with a 4 oz bottle of formula to fill him up and to try to lengthen the first stretch of sleep. Unfortunately it didn't get us far. Maybe to 4 hours? Im concerned I don't have enough milk for him?Especially since he can take a 4 oz bottle no problem AFTER breast feeding! Or that he may be weaning himself? How do I know if he's getting enough milk from me? Any suggestions?