I am in need of major help....I have 3 week old twins, and having a hard time breastfeeding. Initially I breastfed exclusively for the first 3 days, however the babies developed jaundice and were losing weight too quickly...so we needed to suppliment with formula in the hospital...I was doing every other feeding as formula. My milk had not come in until we were home from the hospital, post partum day 6!, and it has never seemed to be very abundant since. Once we came home, 2 weeks ago...the babies were not satisfied after breastfeeding so I would suppliment with formula. I see myself getting further away from breastfeeding, as they continue to demand more milk than I am making. They are only 3 weeks old and I want to make sure they are properly nourished. Initially my plan was to pump often, and to be able to offer breast milk for every feeding. However, I find that when I pump I only get a total (from both breasts) of 1/4 oz - 1.5 oz. My babies are eating about 2 oz every 3 hours..and I cannot even pump enough in one day for more than a bottle for each of them. I have been giving them bottles of formula now for most feedings because I have not seen any increase in my milk supply yet and am getting frustrated. Is it too late to start all over at 3 weeks, and try to build my supply with offering more nursing sessions?
I just feel like at this point it is draining me physically and emotionally and I dont want to continue trying to do something that may never come back. Also, I was nursing right in the recovery room after labor...they say this helps ensure your milk comes in. I never get the feeling of full breast, they have not increased in size, and I rarely leak anything. I am just worried that I am stuck with formula from now on.