I'm really confused on what to do, I have a 10 week old son and up until last Tuesday he was exclusively breastfed. I actually have had so much milk previously that I had at least a litre frozen. For about a week I noticed he had become extremely fussy at the breast, then his nappies weren't as wet and he was becoming really unsettled. I actually mentioned it to the pead and health nurse that I though maybe my milk supply had gone down and they told me they thought he was fine.
I should also mention a few things happened 2 weeks ago, I developed mastitis twice in a week, which effected both breasts. I also started the mini pill, which I stopped just in case this was effecting my supply. I went up a nappy size so thought maybe the nappies were bigger so might not be as heavy or bulging when I changed him. Prior to this, bub was very happy and alert, wetting lots of nappies, sleeping great, anywhere from 5 to 9 hours at night and then a couple of naps during the day.
So I hadn't been taking his weight regularly as he was growing and happy and then on Tuesday I finally had a weeks weight gain to compare and he only put on 20grams. I rang a lactation consultant and we had a plan for 3 days where I would breast feed as much as possible then top him up with as much frozen ebm or formula as he wanted, then I would also express for 15mins. So I did this for the 4 days and then went to the clinic to see the progress. The good news was that he put on 300grams ( he was guzzling down about 120mls after every breastfeed) but when when I fed him at the clinic and we weighed him after he only took about 60mls of milk, so we offered him a top of formula and he easily took another 90mls. I then expressed and managed to get an additional 50mls but I don't understand why he is getting fussy or falling asleep on the breast if there is still another 50mls in there......
So to add onto this, they want me to continue with the top ups and expressing for another 2 weeks and see if my supply improves enough. I have been taking herbal supplements, tried lactation cookies and tablets were suggested to improve my supply but the lactation consultant thinks the herbal supplement is enough to improve my supply. She also wants me to wake DS at night for feeds (which I really really don't want to do) and not give him a dummy. The long sleeps and dummy have been happening since the beginning and was never an issue with feeding or weight gain prior to 2 weeks ago.
I'm finding the mix feeding and expressing extremely draining and it's making me really anxious when he is fussing at the breast and then settles down and feeds contently with a bottle. We have a lot going on at the moment with my husband being injured too and between the feeding and helping my husband I'm just not getting a break. I just don't want to continue mix feeding for a long period if time. I either want to breast feed or formula feed. I just wonder if it will be possible to have enough supply to return to exclusive breast feeding soon ( I don't know how much longer I can go with this routine)? Will I be happy that he is getting enough milk each feed if he is exclusively breastfed? Is he just being a guts right now to catch up on what he missed over the past 2 weeks so the extra he is taking now really isn't indicative of the supply I need in the future? If I continue mix feeding do I run the risk of over feeding him in the future, he is a very sucky baby hence the dummy? So many questions and emotions right now, I just don't know what to do :-(