When I found out I was pregnant with the Bug, I never questioned whether or not I would breastfeed. I just knew I would. Luck was on my side. After about a week of figuring out the latch, Bug and I were set and doing fine.
I had hoped to nurse for a year, but when I went back to work I had trouble pumping enough milk for daycare so we had to supplement. By 6 months, Bug was only nursing mornings and evenings. By 9 months, we were done.
With Miss E. I hoped to do better. Not that 9 months was bad or anything…I just really wanted to see if I could keep my production up. I also hoped that being home instead of having to pump 5 days a week at work would help.
We got off to a rough start. My milk came in late and I had lots of pain when she tried to latch on, but alas we got our groove. However, since she hit 6 months and her growth spurt kicked in…I can’t seem to make enough for her. She is constantly hungry.
I’ve been nursing every 2.5 to 3 hours vs our usual 4 – but still she eats for roughly 5 minutes. When she takes a 6-7oz bottle, it takes her about 10 minutes to finish it, so I KNOW that in 5 minutes she’s not getting all the milk she needs. But I can’t get her to concentrate. Even in a quiet room, she gets distracted.
She’s started solid foods and eats that twice a day. One night last week, she ate TWO containers of sweet potatoes. Hello growing girl.
I am at a loss as I feel my body is failing her. Does she pull off because there’s no more milk? How would I even know? I’ve heard that what you pump isn’t indicative of the amount a baby can get out of you. When I do, I’m lucky to get 2 oz…not worth it in my opinion. She needs at least 4 oz per feeding.
She’s seven months old today. We have a ways to go before we hit my goal of nursing for a year. I don’t possibly see how we’ll get there if she’s only snacking on me during the day. I’m not going to quit, but I’m definitely discouraged. Maybe it’s a phase.
I don’t know. But right now, it’s baby 1, boobs 0.
Come on body. Get it together.