Re: Cluster Feeding Extravaganza
It's still so early, it's to be expected that you aren't yet able to sleep well with her. Especially if she's saving up all her nursing for night time.
The first thing I want to say is that it's normal, don't feel like there is something wrong, because there isn't. Of course knowing it's normal doesn't necessarily make it easier to handle (other than just knowing it doesn't indicate a problem).
On the subject of the formula bottle...babies are going to drain a bottle whether they are hungry or not. I'd caution you against doing bottles so early. The main reason is that your supply will suffer. If you aren't giving your body the signal to make milk when baby is eating milk, you're creating a situation where your body doesn't think baby needs milk. That is going to hurt your supply. It could also have a detrimental effect on your latch, since it's a completely different method of sucking to drink from a bottle rather than a breast. It's much easier and some babies develop a nipple preference where they get frustrated and refuse the breast in favor of the easier bottle.
On the subject of low supply... How many wet diapers does baby have per 24 hours? You should be getting at least 5-6. If you're getting 5-6 wets, baby is getting plenty of milk. If you aren't, it may indicate low supply. That doesn't necessarily mean you should go straight to formula, though. Going long stretches during the day without nursing could be effecting your supply. If I were you I'd continue to try to wake baby to nurse during the day after a couple of hours of sleep. Keep trying. If you simply cannot get baby to nurse, go ahead and pump. Don't expect to get much this early. Your baby's tummy is the size of a grape and can't hold much (that 1.5 oz of formula probably made her feel like she ate a huge thanksgiving dinner).
Let us know about the wet diaper count and I can give you more suggestions.
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