Hello, please help!
My baby is full term, but small (5 lb, 5 oz), and has since regained his birthweight after a week... but this was because we had to supplement on formula. My breastmilk simply was not enough to sustain him and he would have starved if we didn't start formula. He initially was unable to latch at the time.
It's about 2.5 weeks later, he finally learned how to latch, and my baby is still doing breast first, then formula. But as he grows, his demands are more, and my supply doesn't appear to be catching up with him. He needs approximately 60 cc's formula to supplement after trying with the breast for 45 minutes or more in order to appear "satisfied".
On top of this, he's a sleepy nurser. He starts out strong with a good latch for a minute or two of active nursing, then wanes off to sleep with light suckling every 5 seconds. I would switch nurse to wake him up (sometimes successful for that minute or two of active nursing), but really, this process is taking me almost an hour to nurse. He takes an additional 20 minutes or so to drink the formula from the bottle (which he does wake up to).
Each nursing session (every 2-4 hours) feels so frustrating and all I want to do is provide my breastmilk versus formula, but it does not seem possible with my little one.
Any suggestions? thank you.