I just nursed LO for an hour. Other than her latest 'thing', which is spitting the nipple out and then taking it again after every ten sucks or so, she ate well and was happy. She was the one to end the session. But, about five minutes after I was done, she started giving us her hungry cry again.
We gave her formula, because I was so sore from her nursing for that long, and she took down 2.75oz.
How is this even possible? If this were a one-off thing or even something that had started recently, I would chalk it up to a growth spurt. But this has been going on for a long time: I don't remember the last time I nursed her without having to follow with (a lot of) formula. To put things into perspective, when we do give her formula without any nursing, she takes 6oz. So she's breastfeeding for an hour, and then still taking half what she would have taken from a bottle. What the......? Is my supply not good enough? Is she not nursing right (still)?
I'm being put under a lot of pressure from my family to just give up breastfeeding and put her on formula. I have to confess that at this point I'm only breastfeeding because I know myself, and I know I'd feel guilty and probably become depressed if I stopped (if you've not had the pleasure of reading some of my other posts, we've already had a lot of problems). But my family keep telling me that "oh, you have the quantity, but you don't have the quality". They have a history of big babies, and also are telling me that big babies like LO (she was 9lbs 9oz at birth) should be treated like much older babies; and LO should probably be starting solids soon (she's not even 3 months until Friday!); or, at the very least, I should just give up breastfeeding because it obviously isn't enough for a baby her size.
Is there any truth to anything they've said?