It's really unusual for a mama to not have enough milk unless something isn't going quite right with nursing. The following questions may help us determine what that something is:
- How was your baby's birth? Was he born early? Via c-section? Did you have IV fluids during his birth? How about excessive blood loss or problems getting the placenta out?
- When your baby nurses, how does it feel? Do you have any pain?
- Is the baby sleepy at the breast?
- Does the baby have jaundice?
- What was the baby's birth weight, lowest weight, and weight at each check-up?
- How was the baby's diaper output before you started supplementing? How many wet/poopy diapers was he having in a 24 hour period, and what did the poops look like?
- Do you have any history of thyroid problems? Anything else going on with you, heath-wise?
Your doctor's advice to restrict your baby's time at the breast seems suspicious to me. Sometimes premature babies can be too weak to nurse effectively, and can burn more calories nursing than they get from nursing. But a term baby rarely has that problem.
In addition, I think that the doctor's advice to supplement with formula rather than breastmilk is absolutely ridiculous. Breastmilk actually has more calories per oz than formula, and supplementing with expressed milk will help maintain your supply for the day when you're able to cease supplementation.
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