I just wanted to post to say that perma feeding for a newborn is normal!! It is very normal for bf babies to appear never satisfied. If you can just keep offering boob. Set yourself up for a couple of days if just resting in bed and perma feeding your baby. Get some DVDs and comfy trackies.
I struggled with supply for months with DD. Only very high doses of motilium had any affect for me. I hated expressing because it was like I ALWAYS had my boobs out but I was always really grateful for the bottle of EBM I could give to DD in teh evening when I was just OVER a baby being attached to me 24/7.
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02-07-2013 18:45 #11
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Maybe she gained the weight because the motilium is working? If it were me I would ditch the formula top ups and give her unlimited bf access for a week and just see how that works jmo though. You are doing great
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03-07-2013 18:07 #15
Thanks, Missie. It's funny - and surprising - that the head of pharmacology at Monash told me to start weaning off Motilium (I'm taking 2 pills 3x a day so 60mg daily) after about a month but the LC told me I would need to continue taking it to keep my supply up. The GP who wrote the prescription for me was clueless so I doubt I'd have a problem like Amyd did - luckily. Do you have a prescription that can be refilled? I really don't want to have to keep going to see the GP every few weeks!
Vesper had another no formula feed this afternoon (at about 3pm then fed again at 4 before going to sleep) so I'm feeling good. I am hoping to wean her off the formula in this way - she gets enough breastmilk from me so doesn't want/need any top-ups - but I don't feel comfortable stopping it completely.
Most annoying thing is that my pump is faulty and isn't safe to use! I'll get another one tomorrow but it means an entire day where I haven't pumped - though I'll do some hand expressing shortly. I have been doing my first pump of the day around 5.30-6am after DD has had her feed at that time and it's amazing how much I get compared to the rest of the day!
I agree that it's shocking what some LCs will say - the one I'm seeing isn't great but she's better than no help at all. She spent about 10 minutes telling me how difficult supply lines are after I mentioned that I might look into them (still haven't decided if I will or not), but she did ring the ABA for me to see if they had them for sale. Is the Medela the only one available?
03-07-2013 22:46 #16
Angelini I had supply issues with DD and successfully mixed fed for 8 months. I was advised to try to wean off motillium by the gp i was seeing then but my supply would drop dramatically if i dropped a tablet.
I have issues once again and started on motillium on day 4 - 3x2 a day. I'm also taking brewers yeast and a fenugreek/blessed thistle mix plus lots of oats and linseed. I'm still having latching issues at nearly 4 weeks but we're nearly there and he's getting better at draining my boobs properly. Because of pain I can't let him suckle as often as I could with DD so that doesn't help plus I can't handle pumping - it just wears me out emotionally and takes so much time that I just don't have to spare! Some feeds he needs no top up, usually he needs about a 20ml top up but will sometimes take up to 60ml.
Missie Mac has lots of great advice. Definitely Google Jack Newman for lots of great info diagrams etc.
With DD I got my supply up enough to drop formula for a few weeks - then she had a growth spurt and I couldn't go through it all again so reintroduced top ups. This was before i started motillium and this is what I did... I let her suckle whenever she wanted - I was a mummy dummy! I used breast compression techniques. I returned her to the first boob after she finished the second; then the second again, sometimes switching once again before offering a top up. Feeds would take at least 1 hour. I pumped immediately after each feed and whatever I got was offered as a top up next feed.
So as you can see it was a pretty exhaustive process. This time around I'm happy to top up with a little formula if it means I don't dedicate 80% of my waking hours to breastfeeding!
With DD I really struggled with feelings of failure but this time I'm making sure to focus on the positives. I know many breastfeeding mum who would love it if their bub would also take a bottle of formula - mixed feeding you get the best of both!
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