my baby is 6 weeks old and i don't know if she is getting enough to eat...well, i suspect she is not. here's the story (long).....
she was jaundiced at birth and we were encouraged to supplement with formula. because of that, and maybe some other unkown reasons, i have a low supply. she is also not the most skilled breastfeeder, although she is a lot better at in in the last week or 2. so from early on we were supplementing with formula somewhere between 8-12 oz per day, depending on how hungry she seemed. we were trying to read her cues, not overfeed her with the bottle, while i worked on my supply. i'm trying everything (tea, taking fenugreek, other herbs, etc etc.) and bf'ing her every 2 hours or less.
i started feeling more confident that she was getting more milk from me so we stopped the supplement. i now realize after reading online that we should have stepped it down gradually. we went 4 days without any formula. i'm on a bit of a roller coaster about all this and started feeling more and more concerned that she wasn't getting enough. she was pretty fussy a lot of the time and wouldn't sleep, etc. normal newborn stuff maybe but i just couldn't ignore the feeling that she was hungry.
so we borrowed an infant scale from our lactation consultant and now i know how much milk i've given her in the last 24 hours. she's nursed 12 times and gotten 17 ounces of breastmilk. after the last feeding she was freaking out so bad after having nursed for over an hour that i freaked out in turn and fed her 2 oz of formula.
what i'm wondering now is should we re-implement the formula and then try to step down from there? i think i read somewhere that EBF babies take in about 25oz per day, so obviously if she's been getting around 17 per day she's going to be one unhappy little one. i feel TERRIBLE about that for her. i don't want to starve my baby! her pees and poops are good, i should have mentioned earlier.
any thoughts? the one thing i know i should be doing more of is pumping but i just can't figure out how to fit it in. i'm home alone with her during the day and with her not sleeping, not wanting to be put down, and nursing every two hours it just seems really hard to fit pumping in. i am also super stressed and i know that's not helping but what can you do.
i am feeling really lost with all this and would welcome any advice....
thanks so much in advance