My daughter is 8 weeks old and I feel like I'm going to give up on breastfeeding
Not sure if this is when the problem started, but at 4 days old, my milk had not come in yet and that night she was screaming (we assumed because she was so hungry). So we gave in and gave her a bottle of formula. She drank it and fell asleep. The next day my milk came in and everything seemed fine until around 8 pm again and ended up giving her a bottle again. So every night from then on we've given her a bottle of formula. I have a Medela pump, but its a single pump.
More recently, I've started taking birth control and my Dr told me my supply could decrease. I definitely think thats the case now because after each feeding my LO cries and continues to chew/suck on her hands which indicates to me that she is still hungry. When she has a bottle, she normally drinks about 4 oz, but still seems hungry after that too. I dont want to over feed her from the bottle but I'm very certain I'm not producing enough milk for her. I have a 5 year old at home with me during the day so its not easy devoting most of my time to this.
Around 8 pm or earlier, she seems fussy and likes to cluster feed. I try to keep her at the breast as long as possible but when theres no more milk, she doesnt want to suck anymore. And she prefers a heavy let down vs a trickle.
I dont know what else to do, I try to pump when we give her a bottle but I usually dont get very much, just an ounce or so.
Please let me know what other suggestions you may have.