I have a 3 weeks old sweet girl, and I'm breast feeding her since her birth without any major problem. But because she was not gaining enough weight the doctor told me to give her formula too, 50 ml after each meal. I had read so many things about formula and how it negatively affects breast feeding, I checked with another doctor and this one told me there was no need to give her anything but my milk, also because he could see her sucking technique was really good.
So that's what I did, I kept on breast feeding but instead of looking at the clock and trying to keep standard intervals between meals, I just gave her food whenever she asked for it. And I became a total slave: She wants my breast almost constantly! Luckily she gives me breaks during the night, she would sleep for some 3 hours in a row, but that's it. During the day I'm to it non-stop.
My nipples hurt some times, specially in the evenings, when she starts pulling my breasts, jerking her head off without releasing the nipple. It's so painful that some evenings I end up giving her a bit of formula anyway - with a cup, which she hates, so she becomes nervous and needs breast again in order to calm down.
I am very discouraged by the whole thing. I want to breast feed her, but this is killing me, my breasts are exhausted and so am I, I can't do anything, not even eat or go to the toilet, she cries for me!
What can be wrong here? Why is she always hungry? Am I not producing enough milk?
Thanks in advance, ladies.