This is ridiculous. So I don't want to have to repeat my mantra of my sad situation all over again but I have low supply due to hypoplasia..ok, I cant just breastfeed so I supplement...I use an SNS on th breast every feed. My supply continued dropping for the 3 rd week I am at 10 oz a day now. That means I have to supplement 20 oz of formula on the sns. Its not happening. I have a baby who has figured out he hates the sns tube he refuses to take it so I spend a good 20 minutes waiting for him to take it at each feeding. It has been suggested I use a bottle I have tried 3 types all low flow and he doesn't know what to do with them he just sits there biting the nipples and looking at me while formula pours down his face. If he gets any down he barfs it up.
I was told at my last post to feed him more often to help my supply. I figured every 3 hours was doing fine but I upper it to every 2 hours....THIS MEANS I GET A HALF HOUR INBETWEEN FEEDINGS! DOES THAT SOUND NORMAL! Its not...I know my situation isn't average and few of you have done what I am doing but this is nuts! I cant handle it. The only thing my son does at feedings is cry until he accepts the tube with the nipple and falls asleep from exhaustion because of the struggle...then it takes him a good hour to eat. In my half hour of down time I wash my sns, pee, change my baby, sometimes I get to scarf something down, I switch laundry and I freak out about all that I have to get ready for the next feeding. Even with feeding him every 2 hours he often wont take enough formula to accumulate 20 oz a day. So he isn't even eating all he needs to...he should be getting 35ish with his weight and formula ratio. He is not gaining at this point....he is where he should be weight wise but for the last. 3 weeks he has been screaming about the sns. I have tried to teach him how to bottle feed for two weeks now and its not working its making it all worse and I am wasting pricey formula.
I cant deal with this kind of schedule, all my sisters successfully breastfeeding multiple children and they never had to feed a baby every 2 hours to keep up milk production! Why was this even suggested? My baby isn't even hungry every 2 hours at almost 5 months, especially with formula. What do I do? I don't have time to pump on this kind of schedule so increasing my supply that way just isn't happening. I think I am following some nutty advice trying to feed a 4.5 month old every two hours to increase milk supply. I am losing it doing this!
I think I'm just going to go back to feeding him every 3&1/2 hours pumping inbetween and do my own thing. If I dry up nobody can say I didn't try everything.. I hope I don't but I have no life...cant clean or leave the house and am MISERABLE!