My 7 week old was nursing well with a nipple sheild during weeks 2-3, then I discontinued use of the shield to avoid potential lowered production. She continues to nurse on the nipple, but for shorter periods and she constantly fusses at the breast. I have not reintroduced the shield. I believe she is fussiest when my breasts have less milk (later in the day). During her first morning feeding, I can feel that my breasts are hard and full, and when she eats I hear her rhythmic sucking and swallowing that seems easy-- she is content and she seems to fill up. As the feedings continue about every 2 to three hours through the day, she seems like she wants to give up. Perhaps she doesn't want to work for the milk remaining.
I understand that if baby is pooping and urinating frequently and gaining weight, that things should be fine (and she is doing all these things), but I can absolutely tell when I have milk and when I don't, and I know that I just don't have much the more she feeds during the day. I don't want her to be hungry or unhappy, so I have been giving her 2-4 ounces of formula each night to fill her up because she seems so fussy and unhappy during those late feedings. I am afraid to stop the formula completely, but I feel so guilty about it. I just don't know how to keep her interested in feedings as the day wears on, and how I can increase production.
I'm drinking tons of water, eating well, and responding to her by feeding her when she wants to eat. Why is my production low and what can I do!