My baby girl was born at 33 weeks and 6 days. No NICU stay and only a few trips to the heat lamp.. She was able to room with us the two days of our hospital stay and she's latched on perfectly from the beginning.. All things considered, she is as healthy as an average newborn, excluding her low weight. Because she was born so early, she weighed only 4.7lb. She lost down to 4.1 in the two days we were in the hospital so the pediatrician suggested that we supplement with formula until my milk came in so she wouldn't lose more weight. Despite asking for breastfeeding help from the staff at the hospital, I came home basically with no idea what in the world I'm doing.
I was told to continue to breast feed for 10 minutes on each breast before allowing her to be supplemented with formula. Then I was instructed to pump for 10 minutes to make sure my breasts were empty.
My milk has changed from clear colostrum to what now resembles actual milk.. but even after pumping 2 hours after her last feeding, I'm only coming up with 3mL from both breasts.
I'm about at my wit's end with feeling like I can't feed my child. She does incredibly well when she latches on and I can hear her swallowing at first, but we rarely make it the full 10 minutes on each breast without her getting agitated. When the hubby supplements her with formula, she's never fussy. She eats well and then sleeps very well. We've had no problem with spit ups and she burps fine. Sometimes I even get her to burp between breasts.
The pediatrician said to continue to provide formula supplementation until she rejects the supplement all together. She said this is the only way I'll know that she's full of breastmilk and no longer needs the supplement. At her one week check up, the baby is up to 4lb 4oz, so she hasn't lost any weight since coming home..
I'm just incredibly frustrated with the low milk production. Does this mean my milk hasn't actually "come in" yet? There's no noticeable difference in my breasts before I feed as opposed to after I feed. The past two days my nipples have become pretty sore and sometimes I feel a sharp tingle in them, but that's rare.