February 11th, 2016, 06:59 PM
Hi insimom. It is rarely a good idea to pump and bottle feed rather than breastfeed. It is something that can be done if baby cannot nurse for some reason, of course. But more typically, assuming baby actually needs supplements, (breastmilk or formula in bottles) they can be given while mom and baby continue to nurse and work on improving milk transfer or milk production, or both, whichever is required.
Additionally, a newborn being sleepy at the breast, nursing for long periods, and drinking a bottle after nursing are not reliable indicators that baby is not getting enough milk at the breast.
We have very little info here. We would need to know baby's age and complete weight check history, how much baby is given in bottles daily, poop output, etc to even begin to advise you with much specificity.
Since you are bottle feeding and thinking that is required, that indicates breastfeeding is in trouble or soon will be. My best suggestion in that case would be to seek in person help asap- a board cert. Lactation consultant (IBCLC) or volunteer breastfeeding helper like a LLL leader.
Generally for a sleepy baby, you want to try to make sure latch is good. Breast compressions and/or switching sides can help baby stay more awake. Stroking baby, pumping the hand or foot, verbally encouraging baby, jiggling baby's chin etc to "rev up" baby again can also help. If baby needs supplements, giving baby a very small amount of supplement prior to nursing may give baby the...