My boy is almost 6 weeks old. He was born 6.1 oz and has been gaining well. His 1 month follow up he weighed in at 8.4 oz.
I have been really struggling with not supplementing. I began supplementing my milk mostly around 2 weeks of age as my pediatrician was really concerned I was not getting enough rest. However when I supplement baby with my milk I make sure to pump again if it wasnt a "fresh of breast" supply. I seem to have to supplement 2-4x/day.
I have had lactation consultants tell me that I do not have a problem with supply. However often times baby is frustrated (many of our feedings last 1 hour or more) and gets off the breast crying or screaming. There is no latch issue as I can hear him swallowing when I have good supply. Left breast is very small with low glandular tissue and baby favors right. I always make sure to start feedings on left side.
I do have PCOS and thyroid issues and wonder if this may be contributing as well. So far I have only been taking 6 Fenugreek daily but today started MothersLove More Milk Special Blend and am hopeful this will help.
I pump approximately 3-4 times per day (10-15 minutes) with hospital grade pump. Another issue I am having is that after I pump and baby for example wakes up 30-45 minutes later and I do not have a sufficient amount of milk at that time and baby lets me know this... Am I wrong in supplementing him with the milk I just pumped? I am almost hesitant in pumping as I feel bc of this often baby is unable to get enough and I reach for the bottle.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you.