Re: Newbie here needing help!
I know it seems like "topping up" with the bottle is the only way to get your baby satisfied, but it is really counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve. When you supplement, your baby doesn't nurse as much. Nursing is what gives your body the message to make more milk. So whenever the baby skips a feeding or even just goes longer between feedings because he filled up on supplement, that's telling your body that it doesn't need to make milk.
I suggest doing the following:
1. Stop the supplementing. I know it may mean a fussy baby, but if he is getting lazy because he is coming to expect a bottle after nursing, now is the time to nip that habit in the bud!
2. Watch the baby's diaper output. A long as it remains normal, his milk intake is fine. Good input = good output!
3. Start building your stash. Choose one or two times a day and pump immediately after the baby nurses. Don't expect a high yield of milk, especially at first. You're aiming to gradually increase supply by pumping consistently.
4. Don't freak out too much about the state of your stash! I have seen a lot of working moms say that they do not think that moms need to be more than 1-2 days ahead of their baby's needs.
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