Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Breastfeeding Woes

I must admit, Ethan is wonderful as far as breastfeeding body on the other hand doesn't seem to be co-operating.

Yesterday I decided to introduce bottles. Ethan is only two weeks old and in all fairness my milk only came in about a week ago. I'm aware of the nipple confusion thing and that they recommend to not introduce bottles until 4 weeks, but I'm really okay with doing bottles solely so I decided to go ahead.

Ethan had been getting very fussy after the 4:00 feeding and would continue to be fussy until about the 12AM feeding. Let's just say the sleep deprivation was starting to take a toll and something needed to be done. Everything seemed fine, besides the fact that he still appeared to be hungry so I decided to test how much I was actually producing and see if that was the problem.

The first time I gave him the bottle I almost teared up a little. He took it then turned back to me as if saying "I liked the other way better", but after the first one, he's been okay with it. I started keeping track of my production around 4 yesterday and discovered that I was in fact producing less than 2oz during the late afternoon feedings. The rest of the feedings I was maintaining at 2oz if not a little more.

So I called the lactation department at the hospital and they have recommended that I start taking an herbal supplement called Fenugreek along with a prescription drug called Reglan. I'm hoping that this will solve my milk production problems so everyone can be a little happier. Until then they recommended that I supplement with formula on the two feedings I'm a little short on. I'm not so keen on that, but there's no reason for Ethan to be hungry.

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