Hugs Ashley! Please don't feel bad! Logan is doing great even if he hasn't gained and I am sure he will gain quickly now that you know what is up.
To increase my output quickly my midwife (who is also a lactation consultant) had me pump for 2 minutes before feeding so that Teddy would only get the rich hind milk and then pump for 10 minutes after he was finished.-this worked really well for me so maybe you could try it? I also feed him quite often anywhere between every 1 to 3 hours and he naturally got quite quick on his own so maybe Logan will start to have quicker sessions soon too:)
I'm glad the flight went well and sorry about DH. I'm still having lots of trouble getting things done as well, I'm pleased if I can manage one load of laundry and to eat something!
Cassie--I'm so sorry about the daycare situation. I know it must be really hard, and hopefully DH will be finished with school really soon so you guys could think about other solutions. I used to work in a daycare, and if it helps at all, lots of babies and kids LOVE it. Especially when they get to be 1-2-3--there were a few 2/3 year olds I worked with that would get MAD at their parents unless they were the last one picked up because they had so much fun playing with their friends from school.
So even though it is hard to think of someone else "raising" him, I think there are a lot of great benefits for kids in a daycare environment.
About the dry feet--I didn't know this and so wanted to pass along to you--vaseline is not actually moisturing, it is only a physical barrier from dry air. So it might help to use some kind of moisturing oil or lotion (I am a big fan of olive oil or coconut oil for dry skin--it is 100% natural and very effective), and then put the vaseline on over the oil to lock the moisture in. Just a suggestion!
I'm so sorry that Logan wasn't gaining but I don't think you are terrible for not noticing. If he was REALLY hungry he would have been more fussy, so even though he thinned out a bit, as you mentioned, his development is great so I'm sure he is no worse for wear.
As Ash mentioned, there are a lot of things you can do to increase your supply and then you won't have to supplement. One really important thing is to make sure you pump after every feeding. Otherwise, when you are giving him that 4 oz bottle, your body isn't going to know he is eating, so it isn't going to produce any more.
There are also lots of herbs you can take, and even oatmeal and oat milk are really effective at increasing your supply.
Here is a link to a great page about increasing supply: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html
Good luck and don't worry, he is obviously doing just fine since he is developing well!
Ashley- Ash and Adrienne are right. I struggled with supply recently. While at work I pump. If I have to give him a bottle otherwise, I pump. It has helped my supply. I tried pumping on one and feeding him on the other but that didn't work so well. My lactation consultant also said try and pump 30 min after a feeding if you can. My supply went down greatly after my son started solids but I worked hard and now I can pump what I was before. At first you may feel like you are pumping for no reason but trust me it's worth it. Also the oatmeal helps at least it did me. I never had to take any supplements although I thought about it. ALso make sure your pump is working good and you're getting good suction. I was having issues as well which I think was hurting it. And 3rdly I went to a bigger breastshield which seemed to help my output.
I hope this helps you.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Big (((HUGS))) girl! I totally understand how you feel. I have spent most of my mat. leave in anguish over having to return to work and jealous of SAHMs I meet.
Is there any possibility you could reduce your hours at work? Or find a different position at work with better hours?
I so know how you feel and I cry on a weekly basis myself. Just remind yourself that this is just temporary. :-)
Big (((HUGS))) to you too!! You are doing a great job with Logan and like the others said, if he was starving, he would have been more fussy.
I can totally sympathize with you on the DH thing. I think for us, it started when Selin was probably 2 months old or maybe even sooner, but it was when things started to get a little easier with Selin then DH started to be more demanding about housework. I too had the neverending argument with him about how much work it is to care for a baby and I'm not sitting on the couch watching tv and eating bonbons all day. He has eased up a bit and I have tried to step up my efforts as well so things are getting better. My DH also forgets that roughly every few hours I have to stop and change and feed Selin so that also takes time out of the day. I hope things will get easier for you.
Btw, I am so impressed that Logan is rolling over already! I practice with Selin rolling her from her back to her tummy and back again but she doesn't seem to want to do it on her own. She is furiously moving her arms and legs though when she's doing tummy time so maybe she'll skip rolling and just go straight to crawling. LOL
AFM: I got a call from the hospital today and I have an interview scheduled for tomorrow afternoon!! I am so excited and really hope I get the job. If nothing else, I'm just grateful for the opportunity to interview because it's been 3 years since I had to interview for a job.
I called my previous volunteer supervisor at the hospital (we still keep in touch and she is one of my references) and she actually knows the lady I am interviewing with so she told me a little about her. I also talked to the lady who referred me to the job and she gave me some inside info as well and talking points so I feel pretty prepared.
Wish me luck!!
Ashley - I am so sorry you are going through this. DO NOT feel bad!!! It doesn't mean you were starving him, it just means that your supply might have been low on fat. There is nothing wrong with formula feeding if breast feeding doesn't work out. you gave your baby a great start to life! Men just do not understand about breast feeding. And my husband tried to do the same argument about the lack of housework being done. So I asked him "how much do YOU do when you have the baby?" and he didn't like the answer so he has never bugged me about it again. Now he knows if he wants things done he can hold the baby for me while I do them.
Christine - Good luck!!! How exciting!!!
Cheryl - Aww what a cutie! And yay for getting the go ahead to TTC again when you feel like it!
AFM - On CD 51, 29 DPO right now. I will test on Friday and if still BFN I will call the Dr and try to set something up for next week. I am now 4 1/2 weeks late from when BC should have brought AF on, but 3 1/2 weeks late for a normal cycle. I am not really sure what to think so I am not even going to offer up any guesses.
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