I have an almost 5 week daughter named Grace. Our nursing relationship started out nicely and then at her one week checkup I was told to supplement a little with formula after nursing (1 to 2 oz) because she had not gained all of her birth weight back. She was 5.12 oz at birth, went down to 5.5 by the time we left the hospital and had gone back up to 5.8 at her one week checkup. I was also told to limit her time on each breast to 10 minutes because she would get so sleepy. In retrospect, I feel it was jumping the gun to supplement with formula..and it really didn't do anything for my self confidence in the nursing department!
Here is our issue to date..in addition to that problem, she also came down wirh RSV and during that time she did not nurse effectively and I had to also give her my expressed breast milk as well as formula..again my supply diminished. She is now getting well and the good news is she has a wonderful latch from what I can tell and is still interested in nursing. The problem is, my milk supply is low. I am nursing as much as possible and also pumping and would like to get her off of ALL supplements of formula. She gets really mad when I try to wean her off the formula, though (she gets about 12 oz a day now). I just feel this is a vicious cycle and I don't know what to do at this point..my self confidence is totally shaken and I am very upset about the prospect of totally drying up! I am also taking the supplement More Milk in hopes that it will help. I was able to pump 2 oz an hour after nursing her this morning..I nursed her a second time and then pumped an hour later and only got 15 ccs that time. What can I do??