… From 3-Hour Intervals to 2-Hour Intervals

Well, we had Maya’s weight check-in today and unfortunately, my little girl lost weight.

She was 6 lbs 4 oz at birth; 5 lbs 9 oz when we left the hospital; 5 lbs 12.5 oz last Thursday (YEA, adequate gain!) … and then 5 lbs 10 oz today (BOO, she lost and lost a lot).

Which means she is not getting enough from my breast milk alone. 😦

I realize this happens to a lot of women, but I hoped it wouldn’t happen to me. I hoped I’d be able to fully sustain her on my own … but it doesn’t look that way, at least not for now.

I’m not giving up … but it was definitely not the news I wanted to hear. It does explain, though, why she gets so fussy late at night and seems to go in for the kill at feeding times; little baby girl is HANGRY!

But we have a temporary solution we’re going to work on.

On our pediatrician’s recommendation, we’re going to need to feed her longer and more frequently (15 min/breast; every 2-2 1/2 hrs during the day and every 3 hrs at night) and supplement her feedings with some formula (i.e., topping off each feeding with an ounce of formula). Then we will go back Monday and see if she’s made any progress — fingers crossed!

I will continue to nurse and pump to increase my supply, but I have to say, as a new mom, it was pretty overwhelming to hear that I wasn’t cutting it on my own. (Of course no one SAID that but that’s how I inferred it). My husband and the doctor and my mom all told me the same thing — that it’s totally fine and not to feel bad, but it’s hard not to.

Still, beating myself up over it won’t solve anything so all I can do is listen to the pediatrician’s recs, continue doing what I’m doing, and just grin and bear it.

My mom, dad, brother and sister arrive today and I can’t WAIT to see them — that will keep me going 😉

I’ll be back Monday with an update and probably some more Maya pics 😉


13 thoughts on “… From 3-Hour Intervals to 2-Hour Intervals

  1. Just wanted to send a hug your way! I’ve been there with my first child and it was really hard, we had to supplement for about a month. Topping of feedings just like you described. We worked it at it and it got better, it was amazing! Of course until she hit 3 months and I just couldn’t keep up and we supplemented again.

    It really crushed me, but My Daughter is 2 going on 3 and healthy, and happy as can be. Lots of hugs, I know how hard this can be but it will all be ok 🙂 Promise.

  2. Thank you so much–that means a lot and I’m so glad to know it didn’t last forever!!! I will do whatever I need to do for her, as I did when pregnant, but it felt like a crushing blow today. That said, we are moving on and I’ll just focus on doing the best I can! Thanks for the nod of encouragement.

  3. Just think of all those wonderful nutrients and immunities she’s getting from your breastmilk, even if she does have to have a little bit of formula on top of it. She will be fine!

  4. Please don’t beat yourself up. This is COMPLETELY normal. Your body is still learning the supply and demand it needs for Maya. The more you let Maya demand, the more your body will go, “Oh! I better up the supply!” Hang in there – you’re doing everything right.

    1. Thanks, Candice! After even just three days of trying this out, she seems WAY more satisfied so we will definitely keep it up. here’s hoping Monday’s WI is a good one!

  5. Lissa,
    You know I feel your pain. 8 weeks in, and I’m still feeding, supplementing, and pumping every 3 hours. Do NOT feel bad about this! You will read that only 1 to 2% of women truly don’t make enough milk, but let me tell you, I think that’s crap. There are many many women who do not make enough milk. Just keep nursing as much as possible and pump pump pump. I bet you’ll be making enough milk in no time, but if not, you have not failed Maya. You have done the best you can, and that makes you an awesome mama. If you need anything, just email me. Trust me, I’ve tried everything to increase my milk supply. EVERYTHING.
    Happy New Year. 🙂

  6. P.S. I was told my a lactation consultant that if babies get 50 ml of breast milk a day, then they’re getting all the immunity builders and other good stuff – that’s less than 2 ounces. So, just focus on what she is getting. What’s most important is that you’re giving her all that you can. 🙂

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