Kelly - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
My daughter is 7 weeks old - I am exclusively breast feeding and she is doing awesome- weight gain not an issue. I am trying to pump whenever possible to build up a supply for when I go back to work in a few weeks. The problem I am noticing is that she is VERY fussy in the evenings until about midnight and seems to want to feed constantly - the problem is that I feel like I may not be producing enough milk in the evenings and it becomes a vicious cycle - she doesn't get enough and then wants more 1 1/2 hours later - but at that point, my breasts do not have enough time to fill. During the first part of the day, my breasts feel full and I can hear her gulping but in the evenings, my breasts are soft and almost limp and there doesn't seem to be a let down to fill her. I don't understand because I thought the more you feed the more you will produce - this has been going on for a couple of weeks but I still do not seem to produce more during the evening hours. After the first minute or 2 she starts to pull and jerk her head back and stretch my nipple out like she's trying to get more out. Oh, when I pump I can always get at least an ounce out of each breast in a matter of 3-4 minutes even if I have just fed her. If I have not fed her for 3 hours or so, I can get almost 2 ounces out of each breast in a matter of like 3 minutes. I have started to be afraid to pump because I am afraid she will get hungry too soon and then I won't have anything left to feed her. Help - I just need to know how to get some kind of a routine, she is still so inconsistent with how long she goes between feedings. Also, I think the problem is that she is still day/night reversed- she sleeps great during the day and can go at least 3 1/2 hours between feedings, I make sure I wake her and feed her every 3 1/2 to 4 hours, but sometimes I know she would go 5 hours if I did not wake her - how do you keep a baby awake ? She will not sleep at ALL between the hours of 6-7 pm and midnight or 1 am. Help !!! Sorry this is so long ..