If anyone can give me any advice it would be greatly appreciated. I'm at my wits end here and starting to feel hopeless as to if I will ever breastfeed my baby.
My baby is 10 days old. We didn't get a good start to breastfeeding. He was in the NICU for 3 days and fed supplement formula and given a pacifier. He also has a tongue tie that didn't get diagnosed until 8 days old which seems to prevent him from getting anything out of my breasts (he doesn't swallow when nursing and has no weight change).
He got his tongue tie fixed today by cauterization. His upper frenulum may also be a problem, but I haven't found a doctor to take it seriously yet. I tried breast feeding afterwards but he still isn't swallowing. We have some tongue excersizes to do with him, but haven't been able to get him to stick out his tongue, though he does seem to be taking a bottle differently and moving his tongue inside his mouth more. I read so many places that you can nurse normally right after a frenectomy, is it alright that we still have no swallowing and my nipple comes out of his mouth lopsided? Should I just expect him to take a few days?
Secondly, I'm worried about my supply. I've been letting him breastfeed (though he doesn't get much if anything), giving expressed milk from a bottle, then giving formula if he's still hungry. After he eats, I pump using a medela symphony for the next feeding. On a good pumping session, I can get 50-60 ml, but most of the time I'm only getting 30-40 ml. I'm pumping every 3-4 hours, why am I making so little?
I hate this so much. I hate hearing my baby cry because he's hungry and I can't feed him myself. I hate that we can't bond with solely breastfeeding. I really need help.