My little boy is always hungry. He's 20 days old. Whenever he is awake, he wants to feed. To go to sleep, he wants to nurse. To stay asleep, he wants to be held. I cannot put him down to sleep without him waking almost immediately. I had an appointment with a lactation consultant and she thinks I have low supply because although he spends a lot of time sucking, but not much time doing the audible swallowing and rhythmic, drawing sucks that indicates he's drawing milk. She thinks he is waking frequently because he is never really full. I have been told that it can take longer for women who have had C-sections to have their milk come in.
The consultant checked our latch (which is good), and suggested herbs and a day time feeding routine that included breast compression and hand expression. However, with the amount of time he spends feeding, I don't always get time to express. Literally if he's not asleep, he wants to feed. When I do get time to express (during one of his big sleeps if I'm not sleeping too), I only got about 5mls out after trying for 20 minutes.
I don't want to co-sleep because I don't want to suffocate him and I think it's going to be hard to wean him from that later. I cannot keep holding him as I had a difficult epidural and I think it has exacerbated my back pain.
I wanted to breastfeed so I wouldn't have to buy formula and also to encourage weight loss.
I'm pretty sure I'm facing two issues, his need to be close to sleep and lack of supply. If I try a mixed approach to feeding, it would help me rule out hunger at least.
Is there anything else I should consider or ask the consultant before I try a mixed approach? Asking in this section because maybe there are full-time bf mums who persevered through this...if so, how did you do it?