Sorry this is long:
DC2 is 12 weeks and we have decided to top him up with formula:
DD is 8, she was EBF till 4 months, she probably two tins of formula in her life (never really liked it) I went back to work (12 hours, 4 days a week)when she was 5 months and she continued BF till after she was 3.
She was very chilled and we both have such fond memories of feeding that
I just assumed things would be the same!!
DS is fed on demand, between 1 and 4 hourly. His day time sleeps are short( 3 x 30minutes ) he always seems hungry in the afternoon in particular.
The past 2 weeks he has been very irritable and difficult to settle without BF and frankly seems unsatisfied sometimes with the BM. Though he can find his thumb to self soothe and DP can settle him too. I have been hoping all along that this is just a growth spurt
Usually goes to sleep between 6 and 7 then wakes again around 1-2 for a long feed and then again around 430-530 for a short feed . His feeds can last between 20 minutes to an hour. I do compression to try and maintain my flow. His latch is reasonable IMO. Feeding is totally pain free but exhausting. He usually goes straight back to sleep after his night feeds, but occasionally he wont.
Compared to DD (I know I shouldn't) he can be difficult to wind, with often explosive poos and can posset a lot, the vomitting doesnt happen every day.
He looks to be gaining weight, we are taking him today. He does get the EBM around twice a week. The shear volume of it seems to satisfy him and his daytime naps are longer.
I pump with a manual pump for an hour every night just to try to increase my supply, the most I yielded was 6 oz after a lovely day out with DD. He had at total of 10oz of EBM that day. Followed by two more satisfactory breastfeeds.
I also take fenugreek caps to try and increase my supply and I have started to do some skin to skin feeding which is very calming for both of us.
I am waiting for a medela double pump rental as I want to build up a supply of EBM for going to work in January. I hope it will also further increase my own supply to preclude the need for topping up at all, as well as produce some EBM just for going out in the next few months. Im hoping I will be able to find a bit of time in the day to express and I should have at least a couple occasions in the day to express when I go back to work if needs be.
As I had such a lovely time with DD, I really want to maintain long term feeding as long as he wants it though I cannot maintain the current situation.
My questions are
Is there anything else I can do to increase my supply?
Could he be getting too little hind milk and should I be block feeding?
Can I mix formula and EBM and how?
In terms of topping up with formula. My plan would be to give him 4 oz maximum twice a day only if he appears to wants to feed within an hour and a half of a breastfeed. DP suggests that he takes one of the night feeds too. Is this reasonable? I really don't want to reduce my own supply.
Im hoping that this is only going to be a temporary and I would prefer to top up with breast milk if possible.
He has just had 4oz of formula at 0745 (morning feed was0545) and he has been sleeping for thelast 45 minutes.
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reluctantly toping up, please advise
twoboots1 · 18/10/2016 09:21
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