I’m going to continue combination feeding for now at least as it’s working well for the little one. My health visitor is pleased with his progress.
I’m not having as much time as I’d like to express due to fitting appointments and visitors in between feeds (when I’d be expressing if I could). No other spare time for me!
but I’ve got really, really tired.
It’s really exhausting breastfeeding and being available all day every day. And it’s more time-consuming than I anticipated too. I’ve been spending 10-12 hours a day on this which is longer than I expected.
At least I’m succeeding in feeding him and helping him grow (150g / 5oz weight gain in the past 4 days).
He’s got the hang of nipple shields and with top-ups of formula over the past week he is now back to his birthweight which is a relief.
I don’t think we’ll do anything about his tongue tie as it’s not too bad. He may be able to feed better on his own when he’s a little bigger.
Now we’re trying to get him to forgo his top-ups and only have 1 bottle/formula feed a day (late at night when I’m getting some sleep and hubby is feeding him). He’s also allowed to go up to 4 hours between his daytime feeds and to have one 6 hour gap at night time (which will hopefully give me more sleep in one go). I don’t think he’s taking quite as much at a go as we’d like as he’s feeding every 2-3 hours. There’s not quite enough time between 2 hourly feeds for me to express enough so I hope he gets the hang of it even better and soon so we can go longer between feeds and I can express enough for hubby’s late night feed.
Let’s see whether this is working and how much weight he’s gaining when he has his next weigh-in on Friday…
I know that not all babies/mums are naturals but Isaac can’t maintain a latch properly without shields. :(
He has a minor tongue tie and has been losing weight when he should have started putting it back on again.
We are still with the midwife and having daily weigh-ins even though he is 12 days old (usually discharged at 10 days) and are attending the bf clinic at the hospital too.
We have started a new and more agressive feeding regime including both bf and formula (not what I wanted but his health is the most important thing right now) at each feed and we are off to a good start as he has put on some weight in the past 24 hours, which shows promise.
I hope we can resolve these issues and I can start bf more naturally with him soon.