Mary - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
My son is 11 weeks old and just under 10 lbs. we just went to the doctor yesterday and she said he was a little underweight (but my husband and i are both small and the baby was 4 weeks early.)
My doctor said that i should be feeding him every 3 hours. But he usually doesnt make it to three hours. He'll start screaming and crying around the 2 hour mark. and they say that crying is a sign of "late" hunger. but if i feed him any earlier i'll be feeding him every hour on the hour.
so my doc said i should nurse him then immediately give him 1-2 oz of formula to "top him off."
but if i do that he spits up (like he's overeating - his stomach can only hold so much, after all.)
so should i do what my doc says and feed him more milk, less often (and let him spit up) or do i do what I've been doing and feed him less milk, more often???
PS: my doc seems to think that maybe im not making enough milk...
or that maybe he's a "lazy nurser."
he'll actively swallow for about 5 minutes (like gulp gulp gulp), then my milk slows down and he'll "nibble" for the next 5 minutes and fall asleep. then i'll burp him and change sides, and he'll do it again.
I've tried to "let him nurse for as long as he wants" but he'll end up "nibbling" on one breast for like 40 minutes. how do i know he's actually getting milk after the initial "gulp gulp gulp"?
I dont want to be used a human pacifier...
I wanted to mention that he gained 3.5 lbs in 7 weeks.