Posted: 24/02/2012 at 16:40
I have 2 DDs. Maisie who is 4 wk and a toddler, Cailey, who is 2 and a half.
I didnt manage to BF cailey due to her being tongue tied and it wasnt picked up on til she was 4 months. I gave up breast feeding after 10 wks of being constantly stuck to the sofa and formula top ups.
This time round Maisie has been EBF on demand. She was 8lb 13oz at birth and last week weighed 9lb 10oz after dropping to 8lb 3oz on day 3.
The last few days her latch has seemed half hearted, shes not opening as wide and her suckle isnt as strong. Also she used to be quite efficient when feeding and was finished in 20 mins. Now she takes herself off and on the breast constantly during her feed and moves her her head side to side to get back on. It can take up to an hour for a feed now. Any ideas why shes doing this? Last ngt she had my nipples sore with faffinf on and off and not latching well so I gave her a 5oz bottle of EBM which she took at half 11, then another feed on me at 1.30am, and slept from 2am til 8.
She often falls asleep on the breast so I take her off and lay her down so she wakes up for more. I also think she uses me to comfort suckle and she cluster feeds in the evenings from about 6pm til midnight!! Im exhausted!!
Ive been reading the contented little baby book by gina ford she talks about baby emptying the breasts. Is it possible for your breasts to be completely empty? Also how do you know when baby is getting enough hind milk? Ive tried checking the colour as I know hind milk is more orangey in colour but it never seems to be like this when she decides shes done? She does have plenty wet and dirty nappies though! Shes not getting weighed again til Monday, so I deffo hope shes put on.
I also want to build up a supply of milk in the freezer, any advice on expressing. When is the best time to do it? I have a medela swing pump which I have used a couple of times and I seem to have a good supply but dont just want to pump at diff time sof the day!
Sorry for the novel and thanks for reading if youve got this far!