Today, 03:23 PM
Hi mama, sorry you've had a rocky start to breastfeeding. At this point, how much formula is baby taking in the day? Is he still nursing at all? Are you currently pumping? Are you still working with the lactation specialist? From what I understand from your post, your baby is still latching, even if only for a few minutes, so that's great, and also you are still making some milk - is that right? So what you have to do now is to increase your supply by more nursing and pumping, and then gradually wean off the formula supplements.
Here is an article that explains this process in a step-by-step fashion:
The key is that you need frequent stimulation at the breast - by baby nursing, pumping, or some combination - to build your supply back up. A normal newborn nurses very very frequently to build up milk supply - 10-12 times or more in 24 hours, often nursing for hours at a time at times (cluster feeding).
Also, it's important to use paced feeding techniques when bottle-feeding baby, so that bottle-feeding is more similar to breastfeeding. And not to overfeed baby with the bottle. Baby shouldn't be getting more than 2 or 3 oz at a time with the bottle, less if baby is also nursing in that feeding session. Breastfed babies eat frequent, small meals, and with the bottle it's easy to give large, infrequent meals - once baby has a lot of formula in his belly, he will not want to nurse for a long time afterwards. Also,...