My daughter is almost 5 weeks old. She did have jaundice really bad in the beginning. Her birth was a repeat c-section.
She was 6.6lbs at birth and dropped down to 5.8lbs. I have been seeing lactation consults each week. She only transfers a little over an oz during feedings. This amount has increased and she just started gaining weight last week. The LC and our Pedi are not happy with her transfers and suggested that I pump after each feeding and give her what I pump. So, I nurse her, feed her and then pump (what I pump goes to her at her next feeding). She eats around every 2-3 hours. Is not fussy and has always had plenty of wet & dirty diapers. Once she latches on, she falls asleep within about 5 minutes. I burp her, switch sides, bug her and really struggle to keep her awake. She is perfectly healthy, but did not start gaining weight until I started pumping and feeding her what I pump. She is more than willing to wake up for the bottle and eats everything I pump (sometimes up to 2oz).
I am just really struggling with BFing her. It takes me almost an hour to nurse and then feed her. I was feeding her with a syringe, but that was too messy and took too long. So, with the recommendation of the LC, introduced her to a bottle. She got nipple confusion and I took it away. Waited a week and introduced it again.
I am on fenugreek, blessed thistle and reglan to up my milk supply. Our Pedi and LC hope that with an over supply, she will be more likely to eat/nurse. My hope is to get her to feeding completley from the breast and stop with the pumping and bottle.
Any suggestions, words of hope/wisdom?