Posts tagged ‘supply issues’

Weight Gain

I think the domperidone must have finally kicked in because Spencer has gained 5 ounces a week for the last three weeks and is now 13 pounds. I was really hoping that he would be 13 pounds by 2010 and we met that goal a week early.  He certainly seems a little chubbier. He has good smoosh to his thighs now, but he isn’t a chubby baby by any means.  My first week back at work didn’t disrupt my milk supply too much, for that I am very grateful. I was really worried about that. I don’t like pumping at work, though. Even with the office door locked, I feel like someone is about to come in at any minute and it gets really hot in there. I completely forgot how much I hated my office while I was on leave. It is hot, noisy and the chair is pretty uncomfortable. Even with the baby, I definitely am more productive at home. But, I have my own office which serves as a place to pump and my boss is accommodating to the amount of time I need, so really I am lucky. I just need to keep remembering that. On an unrelated note, I can’t believe it is almost time to make a 5 month tag!

December 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

First Week of Work

For the first time, almost ever, Spencer had really good weight gain – 5 ounces – two weeks in a row. Of course, I went back to work this week, which I am hoping is not the end of the good gaining.  We have worked so hard at this, I hope my working doesn’t mess anything up.  I only went back to work for three hours on the first day and it almost killed me.  I need to keep reminding myself how lucky I am to be able to work mostly from home and that I have a really flexible schedule and very understanding boss.  We are still cloth diapering off and on, waiting to build up our stash and use up all the size 1 disposables that are lying around the house.  I love cloth diapering, we are changing him less and he seems pretty happy in them. I ordered more soap, too. I am using Rockin’ Green soap right now and I must say I am impressed.  I ordered a few samples to try out some scents and then I might convert all of my laundry over to it.

This seems a little scattered, for that I apologize.  Next year, I think I am going to try to get 3 posts up per week and try to make them more topical.

December 17, 2009 at 5:38 am 1 comment

Frustrated

I haven’t been writing much about breastfeeding because it seemed to be going ok. Spencer was gaining at a very slow, but steady, 3 ounces a week.  We are still supplementing and he wasn’t very fussy, is meeting his milestones and acted like a generally happy little kiddo.  At his weight check Monday, there was no gain from last week. Not even a tenth of an ounce.  He has been spitting up a ton in the last few days and had been nursing nonstop.  I actually thought he was having a growth spurt. Nope. No idea what was wrong. He is just stuck at 12 pounds.  The LC recommended no changes until we do another weight check next week.

I have noticed a change in his nursing patterns in the last few days.  He has been nursing for shorter periods of time and falling asleep more often, but over all the number of times he is nursing per day has increased so I didn’t think it was a big deal.  But I am starting to get stressed out which might affect my supply.  And then today it seemed like my supply was lower, I started having trouble getting him latched on and he fussed a lot more at the breast.  I am hoping it is teething, not a breastfeeding issue.  I think I will start increasing the number of times I am pumping per day tomorrow.

December 2, 2009 at 4:52 am Leave a comment

4 months and still breastfeeding

Spencer will be 4 months old on Friday and we are still breastfeeding.  It hasn’t been easy, but I am so happy we are still going strong.  I am still supplementing with formula, but with an average weight gain of 3 ounces per week. I am reluctant to stop.  I am still pumping about 5 ounces per day which is not quite enough so I have been freezing what I’ve been pumping.  Also, for some reason when I get stressed about output volume, it gets even lower.

I have a tiny stash in the freezer now.  That will help alleviate some of my concerns when I go back to work part-time in a few weeks.  I currently give Spencer three 2 ounce bottles per day.  I think I will start making one of the bottles pumped milk and then freeze whatever else is left from that day.  I am not sure how supplementing will work when am not breastfeeding full-time.  I will have to ask my lactation consultant.

I have delayed my return to work primarily because of my supply issues, but I need to get back.  I am very lucky in that they are letting me return with only 10-15 hours per week on site and the remainder at home.  If I can prove it works, I hope to maintain that schedule for a long time.

November 25, 2009 at 12:38 am Leave a comment

Just some thoughts

I am a little confused about what I want to say here. I feel like other people have said everything before or better or more informed.  Mostly I complain about breastfeeding, which I love. It has just been such a struggle.  The gain this week was 3.5 ounces, which isn’t fabulous, but isn’t losing weight either.  I am continuing with the 6 ounces of half formula half breast milk in three bottles per day.  I am trying to figure out if I did something different last week vs. the week before when he gained 10 ounces. I think I may have been only offering one side in the morning and not really worrying about it if Spencer went back to sleep.  This week I am trying to make sure he takes both sides in the morning.  This is impacting how much volume I pump per day though. I have been adding two p.m. pumping sessions at about 9:30 and 11:30 to try and make up the difference, but I still only get 3-4 ounces per day in 5 sessions.  I really have no idea how to increase the pumping output.  I hope the domperidone increases my overall supply leading to a bigger output.

October 28, 2009 at 6:06 am Leave a comment

Pumping

I am not a fan of pumping, haven’t been from the beginning. Perhaps if I had pumped more in the beginning, I wouldn’t be in the situation I am in with supply. I think that is one of the reasons that I am trying so hard with breastfeeding- I really don’t think I could make it as an exclusive pumper. That being said, I had a new personal single side output record from Ol’ Leftie this morning. Over two ounces at once!

October 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Progress

I am feeling much more confident today that the breastfeeding problems are going to get better.  After a disappointing visit with the doctor yesterday, I have decided that I can improve this without her support.  Knowing my inclination towards being contrary, I probably just want to improve even more just to spite her.  I went to the doctor for a weight check and supply issues; my goal was to leave with a prescription for domperidone.  The weight check was great, a gain of 8 ounces in two and a half days, but the rest of the visit was frustrating.

I tend to cry when discussing my problems breastfeeding and I have always been a frustration crier.  Instead of offering any help with supply, I was told that I shouldn’t beat myself up about not being able to breastfeed fully and breast milk is better than none at all.  I understand the truth in that statement, but if my goal to exclusively breastfeed, my expectation is that she would help with that.  She just told me that I had postpartum depression and that his weight/percentiles were fine. He is on the thin side, but nothing to worry about.  My husband also thought the visit was ridiculous and if I had PPD at all, it was only when I was taking the Reglan.  He also tried to explain this to the doctor, but to no avail.

I am going to continue going to the Monday group and stick with the advice of the LC that runs it.  She is much more supportive and will work with me to develop an improvement plan.  I just plan to pump, pump, pump and breastfeed as much as possible, staying home for the next few days.  I hope I can find a different physician to write the script for domperidone.  Things are definitely looking up.

October 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm Leave a comment

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