Re: Not Sure Where to Go From Here
I think it's time to pull the trigger and see the LC. I am sure it's not cheap- but think about it this way: a year's supply of formula is likely to run you $1500-2000. And even if you pump exclusively and make it to a year, you're still going to spend a big chunk of change on pump supplies.
Will your baby latch and nurse without the shield? If so, I strongly suggest trying that because the 2 big problems with shields are slowed-down feedings and reduced milk transfer.
I would get out your non-fancy-schmancy baby scale and do a day's worth of before and after nursing weigh-ins. It's not going to give you ideal data, since the difference between an adequate feeding (usually about 2-3 oz) and an inadequate one can be as little as 0.5 oz. Nevertheless, if your baby scale indicates that your baby is getting several oz when nursing, you can probably relax a lot and wean off of the bottles. 2-3.5 oz bottles after feedings are kind of huge for a 2 week-old baby- again, babies that age usually take just 2-3 oz when nursing. It's very common for a baby to take a large bottle even after nursing well, since babies love to suck and when they suck on a bottle they must swallow or else they'll choke. This is why babies often overeat when presented with a bottle.
Are you nursing on just one breast per feeding, or both? I wasn't sure from your post. If you're using just one, I strongly suggest offering both, since that usually improves oth supply and weight gain. Also, when you say your baby nurses every 3 hours, is that yor idea or hers? Every 3 hours works out to just 8 feedings a day, and a newborn is usually nursing more in the neighborhood of 10-12. More nursing- particularly if you can do it without the shield- should translate to more weight gain and better supply.
Tips for waking a sleepy baby:
- Keep her cool- a cool baby is often more alert. So strip her down to a onesie or diaper when it's time to nurse, and keep a fan blowing in the room where you nurse, though not directly on the baby!
- Annoy her- an annoyed baby is often more alert. Tickle the soles of her feet or rub against the grain of her hair using your hand or a cool damp washrag.
- Keep the lights low- new babiesay close their eyes in response to bright light.
- Breast compressions.
- Switch nursing: when suckling slows and baby appears to be dozing off, take her off the breast, burp her, change her diaper, and put her onto the other breast. When she dozes off again, repeat the process, and keep repeating it until she will no longer wake.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"