To help my 4 1/2 week old's nursing issues we rented a babyweigh scale. We have been exclusively pumping. He had tongue tie which was resolved about 2 1/2 weeks ago, but still wasn't getting much at the breast. We'd hoped his suck and latch had improved so we got the scale to test it.
We feed him 2 oz of expressed breastmilk every 2 hours, then 2 oz every 2-4 hours at night. He's never exclusively nursed before.
Both times that I've nursed him so far with the scale, it's taken him 90 - 120 minutes to get 2 oz at the breast. He doesn't seem to be getting frustrated, but I'm concerned about it. I mean, by the time he's done it's about time for him to be fed again. Plus, I'm worried about my supply going down, I'd just started pumping enough to get him completely off formula.
He drinks okay from my left breast, he'll get 1 oz in 20-30 minutes. My right breast, however, he has problems from I guess. He doesn't swallow as much, and it takes him an hour to get 1 oz. If I put him on the other breast, my right breast leaks wetting my entire shirt front, so I know it's not empty. Any ideas on how to resolve this?
Should I just let him nurse for however long it takes him to get full no matter how long it takes, or should I just let him nurse for x minutes then give him expressed milk in a bottle?
Should I worry about my supply going down because my breasts aren't getting emptied? I've tried pumping one breast while he nurses the other, but it's extremely difficult.