I'd love to hear from mums who are dealing with BF problems and also mums who have had to seek help or advice in the past and gotten through it ON TOP.
Breastfeeding Support thread also in Baby forum
I'll start the ball rolling...
I have an 8 week old bub, Liam, and up until he turned 5 weeks I had a 'problem-free' breastfeeding relationship with him. In a matter of a day he went from a relaxed 'full feeder' to crying or screaming less than half way through a feed. Regular full feeds became occasional full feeds and alot of snacking on demand simply because I could not 'fix' the crying. I imagined this was a growth spurt till we had him weighed at 6 weeks and he hadn't put on any weight.. I cried so hard about it. I couldn't deal with that and the hard feedings, so I've started expressing. I also decided to supplement with formula for peice of mind. I'm expressing everytime hes having a bottle of either breastmilk or formula, but I cant keep up.
I've sorta concluded that with the 'snacking' he would not have been getting much 'hindmilk' so it affected the weight gain and that he may be going through a growth spurt since starting formula, because he's also feeding more regularly.
But I've been trying really hard to keep it going. I really want to continue to breastfeed but its so much work. Last night I started taking fenugreek tablets to boost my supply (fingers crossed it works) but even if i manage that i still have to work on the problem that landed me here in the first place. I can't imagine thats going to be easy. I am so tired already. <span class="emoticon sad">sad</span>
[Edited on 01/06/2009]