My baby girl was born 11/10. I am trying to breastfeed, but every time she latches she will eat for just a little bit, then spit out the nipple. I can only hear her swallow a couple times, so I don't feel like she is getting that much. My milk supply is good, I have been pumping the times she doesn't feed much. The doctor has told us to supplement her since she hasn't been gaining weight, so we have been giving her 1 oz of expressed milk if she breastfeeds some, and 2 oz if she doesn't seem to feed at all. So each feeding I have been trying to put her to breast, then feeding her expressed milk out of a bottle, then pumping to keep my supply up. The doctor said today to only try to put her to breast every other feeding to cut down on how long each feeding/pumping session is taking. I just don't know what to do... so frustrated because I really want to breastfeed, but she doesn't ever seem satiated after the feedings even if she is latched for 20 min. I don't want to give up.. any advice? I have been feeding her every 3 hours, and have to wake her each time to feed, she is a sleepy baby.
Is there a point of no return, where the baby won't take to breastfeeding?
Would a nipple shield help?
Should I use a pacifier? I read it causes nipple confusion so I haven't used one yet.
11/10 birth weight 9 lbs 0.3 oz
11/14 discharge weight 8 lbs 6 oz
11/15 8 lbs 8.1 oz
11/19 8 lbs 9.3 oz
11/21 8 lbs 9.1 oz