Thanks beautiful, yes that is helpful. I am still feeding her roughly 4 hourly, sometimes 4.5 depending on her sleeps (she is 7 months old now...scary). I did actually try "topping" her up just before her naps and it was good for her weight gain, but because of her reflux and terrible gut it made her SO windy that she just wasn't able to sleep at night time, I was on the couch with her for hours every night....that's why I figured pumping (as well as increasing my supply) would be a better way to go as likely she would get a better balance of fore and hind milk in one big bottle pumped from the pm of the night before, am and pm from that day. My body doesn't pump too well, so I don't get heaps at each pump but it's enough to give her a little longer streach at the beginning of the night which is great...I'm usually only feeding once a night now, sometimes twice (or an EW) which is manageable.
I have NO expectations of dropping night feeds, since my DS had unmedicated reflux I never expected STTNs
so I don't mind night feeding as long as she re-settles and I can go back to bed, bliss!!
Before I went gluten free, yes I was having porridge every day for brekkie, but don't think I can have it now? I haven't found any certified gluten free oats around, but will have a closer look if you can get them?
I am also having problems with her getting constipated, so all the really good root veggies that you normally start a baby on have been put on hold....I am really going round in circles with her at the moment. My one consolation is that she is a very happy, bright and active little darling so I know she is WELL, I just don't know whether she would "tell" me that she wasn't getting enough. Having said that she is very demanding if I don't get her the solids on time so I guess she would??!!
Ahhh I don't know, I think sometimes that I am so focussed on breast feeding that I am putting my need to feed ahead of her needs, but I just wanted this to work so badly. I am really just wishing that she would gain at a normal rate I guess. Funny because since I went to the clinic and got the advice about protein etc initially she put on a couple of hundred grams (according to my scales) in about 4 days....since then, nothing, even though I am still giving her similar amounts, similar foods etc. Feel like I am driving myself a bit crazy about it, but in a week if her gains haven't improved I said that I would top her up with formula so I was really REALLY hoping for things to improve.
(sorry for the rant!)
Thanks so much for your reply darling, it means the world to me