Struggling

Josselynne - posted on 11/12/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 weeks old and I am still breast feeding, but it just seems like milk maybe isn't heavy enough to keep her full long enough. The past couple days she hasn't slept more than 45 min to an hour at a time and she's back at it again after feeding for more than an hour, I feel like maybe she's not satisfied? She's gaining weight like crazy so it can't be that bad, I just am unsure and want to start getting ready to go back to work, but I don't the time to pump because as soon as I do I end up having to turn around and feed it to her. I'm just struggling, and I would really prefer not to switch her over to formula but I feel like I might have too. Any advice?

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Ambur - posted on 11/13/2013

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It does sound just like a growth spurt! They happen. They usually happen at 6 days, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, a year...

Growth spurts cam make baby seem like velcro. But it is normal. It seems like nobodu ever tells new mothers about growth spurts and cluster feedings though! I remember at 6 weeks thinking I was going insane. I remember having 20 minute breaks to pee and do whatever else I wanted or needed to before starting the next feed. But little one gained weight super well. I watched a lot of hulu and youtube during that time. I sat on my bum and ate, drank water like it was going out of style, and relaxed while I recovered from childbirth. Honestly, the first 10 weeks felt like a constant feed. But it got easier as time went by. Then it got super convenient. I don't need a very large bag to carry my baby stuff with me since I don't need bottles and formula. (a friend told me that you should have them filled with water before you go so that you know it is available. Sounds heavy to me.) On a short trip, (3 to 4 hours instead of all day) all I need is the changing mat, 3 diapers, and my travel size wet wipes. This could fit in my purse. If I wanted, I could also fit a spare outfit for little man.

Breastfeeding can be very hard at first. But it becomes awesome.

Katherine - posted on 11/13/2013

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I agree with Lori - it definitely sounds like a growth spurt. As long as her weight is good (which it sounds like it definitely is) I would keep on nursing her. It sounds like you're doing well. I had a horrible time pumping enough milk before I went back to work. It took me several weeks to get what I thought was enough - I would only get about 1oz total each time I pumped and it frustrated and scared me. But my sister told me that once I went back to work and my son actually missed a feeding and I had to pump instead of nursing (rather than in addition to nursing) that I would be fine. And she was right! It took me a few weeks to pump enough to get us through the first day back at work. And on that first day, I pumped more than enough for the second day. It is really hard to pump extra while caring for a newborn but that doesn't mean you'll have trouble pumping those missed feedings when you're apart. I'm sure you'll do fine with it. Good luck!

Lori - posted on 11/12/2013

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It sounds like she's going through a growth spurt. They usually last a few days, but can last up to a week. If she's gaining weight like crazy then she is getting enough and your milk is fine. During any growth spurt a baby needs to eat more, and eat more frequently. Just keep offering the breast and let her nurse as much as she wants.
If you're wanting to start pumping to start freezing milk and get her used to taking a bottle then I'd suggest you wait till this growth spurt is over, and then pick a time of day that you can pump for 15 minutes at roughly the same time every day. You may not get much at first (several days), but if you keep at it, you'll begin to get more milk when you pump.

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Josselynne - posted on 11/13/2013

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Yeah I had no idea lol. Thank you! I'll keep that in mind when I'm going crazy lol!

Josselynne - posted on 11/13/2013

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Wow, I feel a little silly lol. I didn't even think about that. Thanks so much!

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