This is a serious question, as I've been told by 1 lactivsits that I may fall into the 1% of people who may not be able to nurse due to my low supply.
I never thought I would even be writing this post. I have literally had wonderful dreams about breastfeeding prior to being pregnant and I even chose to have a med-free birth so that I could ensure nursing success. I've read books and even naively threw away formula samples and coupons. Well, after 6 hours of pushing, DD did not latch and that's when things started to go downhill. I have flat nipples and she had a tongue-tie, which was cut immediately. I started to pump every 2-3 hours in the hospital and supplemented in the meantime while trying to get her to latch. A few days later, DD latched for the first time with the aid of a nipple shield, although her ability to latch was hampered by my low supply. I also have PCOS.
Fast forward 5 weeks, and now I am a tired and tattered mess. I have been seeing a great LC weekly, attend regular BF support groups, take fenugreek, mother's love special blend, 90 mg of domperdione, started metformin, eat all the right foods, drink a ton of water, started metformin, do acupuncture, and even started to take oxytocin nasal spray to facilitate letdowns. I pump about 15 ounces per day and yet whenever DD nurses, she only takes in about an ounce, even over an hour's span. My LC thinks we just have to wait for her mouth to grow larger (she is now 9 pounds 3 ounces) but I don't know how much longer I can take any of this. I have yet to go a single nursing without supplementing. We just introduced the breastflow and the new medela calma bottles last week (after using the SNS via breast and finger-feeding for 4 weeks). We found the calma too fast but she drinks from the breastflow just great, so it's not necessarily a sucking problem.
For the first time, I want to give up. I already gave up on my dreams of EBFing but now I am ready to throw in the towel hoping to nurse without supplementing. I'm wondering if I should just pump 3-4 times a day (realistic) and just feed her from what I get from that and do formula for the rest. I just don't know what to do.