My baby boy was born 11/1/11. He was 8 lbs 10 oz. I am a first time mother and feeling very fatigued and frustrated. After the first week of struggling with latching and cluster feeding, my pediatrician asked me to supplement with formula. He also has a thyroid problem and needs to take hormone pills crushed up in milk once a day, so he had to get used to the bottle very fast. However, he never seemed to get any nipple confusion.
My baby did gain significant weight the next visit a week later and the doctor told me no more formula... but I've found myself having to supplement for a variety of reasons (someone else caring for him, need for sleep, too much fussing after a feeding).
For a while we were doing okay with feedings about every two hours and stints of 3-4 hours sleep at night. My breasts would become engorged with hard masses I could feel. Sometimes I pump just to give them a rest or if baby is sleeping past 2 hours and I get about 3-4 ounces.
And then last night happened...
My baby fed as normal and then started fussing right after. He kept latching and de-latching. He was crying and kicking and just did not want the breast. This went on for the better part of an hour and a half before I just lost it and prepared 4 ounces of formula. He sucked it all down (totaling about 7 ounces for him if you count the breastmilk) and fell right to sleep.
Have I done something horribly wrong? Am I no longer producing enough? Is this just a spurt?
I am very frustrated and disappointed in myself. I want to produce enough for him. Should I start pumping right after feedings? And for how long?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance!