Re: Issues witj latching and supplemeting with formula
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
I think the first thing you should do is to read the PP's links. The second thing you should do is to call a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. The cracks, the high bili level, and the fact that you're not having an easy time getting rid of the supplements suggest to me that there might be a latch problem that would benefit from hands-on help from an expert.
Your doc gave you bad advice about the pump. Pumping is not a good guage of milk production or of how much a baby gets when she nurses. Pumping is a learned skill, and how much a mom gets when she pumps depends not only on her expertise but also on the type of pump she has and her response to that pump. Since you're doing a lot of pumping, and supplementing with a large amount of formula, i think you should be using a hospital-grade rental pump, or at least a top-of-the-line consumer model like a Medela Pump in Style, with correctly sized shields. Using the best possible pump, and using it frequently, should help you get your supply to where it needs to be so that you can exclusively breastfeed the baby. Herbs like fenugreek are nice, and can provide a boost to supply, but when it comes to increasing supply nothing beats frequent and complete milk removal with a high-quality pump or a baby who is a good nurser!
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