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happysmileylady 01-26-2013 08:18 AM

Operation back to the boob seems to be helping
In a very short amount of time, a couple of bottles and AF showing up have resulted in a supply problem and bottle preference. I am on a mission for the next week to correct both problems.

My goal is to have the baby nursing for more feedings than he takes a bottle, by Friday the first.

I have been doing several things. Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle, 4 times a day. Offering to nurse every 2 to 2.5 hrs, and pumping after each attempt, regardless of level of success. And pumping every 3 or 4 hrs at night. And for what ever reason, nursing while standing/walking around seems to make him fight it less. I am also really focusing on one session at a time, I don't have the energy to really fight him every single time he's hungry

So, morning session has been my first focus. And he nursed, while I sat, for his full morning session this morning. Wooowhooo! My supply is also starting to improve too. We stll have a lot to do, AF hit my milk hard. I thought I would have had a better bounce back, AF is almost done.

l_Kimmie_l 01-26-2013 10:03 AM

Re: Operation back to the boob seems to be helping
Good for you for trying to get the baby back on the boob. I know from personal experience how hard that is. My son got used to a bottle after having a hard time latching as a newborn. It took me till he was on the boob only 2 times per day and 3 months old to start the process of reboobifying. It worked though. I got him on the boob again. He is 9 mos now and EBF now. He only eats solids once in a while right now, too. So, it can be done. Just takes patience and preserverance. Good job!!

happysmileylady 01-26-2013 08:03 PM

Re: Operation back to the boob seems to be helping
Things are going ok. Unheard very good for his second session. I had to have dd1 give him a bottle to "top him off" so to speak, because I had to handle a situation with dd2 and also take care something for DH. Then it was kinda downhill for the day. We still go some nursing in but not much. And I had little time to pump either. BUT my last pump session, I was able to pump a half ounce from each side. This is significant because baby boy only nurses on one side and always has so the left side has a significantly lower supply anyway. The fact that I got so much from that side is a big deal to me.

SO...keep on keeping on!

Art mama 01-26-2013 08:07 PM

Good luck mama!

evasimone 01-26-2013 08:50 PM

Re: Operation back to the boob seems to be helping
Good luck! I'll be doing something similar with DD, hopefully I'll have as much luck as you seem to be having.

happysmileylady 01-27-2013 06:46 AM

Re: Operation back to the boob seems to be helping
*sigh* a set back. CJ slept all night, from 8pm until 8am. I pumped at 10 and at 11:45, went to bed around midnight...and then slept through my alarm to get up and pump. And when I woke up, I could tell by my minor headache and a few other things that I was slightly dehydrated.

On the plus side, I felt a little bit full. And, he nursed on both sides when he did wake up and stopped on his own with no fussing. I did have to do some "bait and switch" with the pacifier, but when he was done, he was satisfied and not fussy. That's improvement too. And when I pumped for 10 minutes afterwards, I still got half an ounce. I now have THREE ounces in the fridge after a day, instead of just one.

Right now, having oatmeal for breakfast. And keeping on keeping on! :-)

l_Kimmie_l 01-27-2013 07:17 AM

Re: Operation back to the boob seems to be helping
Great job!!! Drink a ton of water too!

Art mama 01-27-2013 08:07 AM

Sounds like you're doing great!

happysmileylady 01-28-2013 02:17 PM

Re: Operation back to the boob seems to be helping
I don't know if I am going to be successful with this. This weekend was SO busy that I just didn't have time to fight him much. So he had at least 2 full 4 oz bottles, and I think DD1 gave him another 2 ounces earlier in the day yesterday.

Today, I got up at 4am to pump. When I got up, DD3 woke up which woke up DH. And him getting up and taking care of DD3 resulted in waking up the baby. I had JUST finished pumping, so I knew that if I tried to nurse him he was going to freak out because everything was flowing so slow. I tried just rocking him and he did fall asleep...for half an hour. Then he woke back up, so I changed his diaper and rocked him some more and he slept for all of 15 minutes and was back up. I couldn't get him to stay latched on for more than a minute, so I ended up giving him an ounce of EBM from the bottle just to get him back to sleep.

Now, once we got up for good at 8, I managed to get him to nurse, but he wouldn't let me sit down. I don't know how much he took in, but he was pretty fussy still when he was done. We nursed off an on, for only a minute or two at a time, like every 30 to 45 minutes, for a couple of hours. Then he went down for a long nap, around 11:30, and I was finally able to pump, only about half an ounce.

At 1:30, I took the girls to McDonalds to let them run around in the tubes and run off some energy. I brought a 4 ounce bottle because I wasn't going to walk around the McDonalds play place with my boob hanging out trying to get a fussy baby to latch on. But, he only took half an ounce from the bottle. I was able to get him to nurse for about 2 to 3 minutes at a time, while sitting down, about every 10 minutes, for the hour and a half that we were there.

But when we got home, he was still fussy, and hungry, gnawing on his hands and such. I couldn't get him to latch on at all, and I didn't want to waste the 3.5oz of EBM I had, so I gave him the rest of that. He went down for another nap, so I pumped, and got less than half an ounce.

I am frustrated and tired. I am going to keep fighting till Friday, but I just don't know that we are making enough progress. I don't have time to keep this up much longer.

Arizonah13 01-28-2013 02:41 PM

Just remember that there is no shame in bottle /formula feeding your little one. You just have to do what's best & a stress free mama is good for everyone.

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