A little background: My now 4-month-old was born tongue-tied. We had it clipped, but he still did not effectively transfer milk. He was not gaining weight and I was told to supplement at 3 weeks. I started pumping to supplement and called a LC in for help. My supply had tanked, so we decided that I would pump exclusively for nutrition until my supply increased, and I would offer the breast for comfort as well as practice. I did this for almost 4 months.
Last week my son started refusing the bottle. He would cry a little at first and then take it, but now he won't take a bottle at all. He gets tense and starts crying if he even sees us pick up the bottle. I believe part of the problem may be that he's teething. (His gums look a little swollen.) So now I'm nursing only.
I was worried about how much he was getting, so I rented a scale yesterday. The last 2 days have been difficult, due to the teething. He latches on, sucks a little, pulls off and cries, repeat. The most he has taken in all day at one time was during the night, when he got 4.7 ounces. The rest of the day he's only taken in a half an ounce or 1.5 ounces here and there.
The total ounces consumed over a 24 hour period was right around 25 ounces, which is average. It just worries me that he's taking in such little amounts all spread out through the day. Of course, when taking the bottle, he was only getting up once at night, but last night he got up 3 times. (Which I know could also be teething-related.)
I know my supply is good (or at least was before this started), and he is capable of transferring the milk now (since he got so much during the night), but I just need some reassurance that his small quantity intake is okay, as long as the overall total is good. I'm also wondering if this will hurt my supply. I've tried pumping after feeding him, but for some reason my milk usually won't let down if I've nursed recently.