I've always had my heart set for exclusively breastfeeding my son since I found out I was pregnant. "Breast is best" was my mantra. However, my labor and pp experience definitely did not go as perfect as I had hoped.
Long story short, I ended up with an emergency C section. Spent about 5 hours apart after the procedure. He was given formula while we were apart. Once reconnected, we had problems with latching. My nipples were getting worn out and they started bleeding. I had an ongoing fever during the 5 days we were at the hospital causing me to have difficulty staying on a breastfeeding schedule due to medication making me drowsy. On top of that, my c section incision opened on the first day home after leaving the hospital making it even more difficult to even hold my son to feed.
Ugh rough first week for a first time, overwhelmed mom! BUT I was determined to exclusively breastfeed! I used breast shields and religiously put lanolin to help my nipples heal. And it worked! I got help with my sons latching problems. And for a short time during week 2 I was really hopeful!
Unfortunately, when we got to my sons 2 week check up with his pediatrician, we found out he hasn't gained any weight since his weight loss at the hospital. She suggested that we supplement. I hated the thought, but my son needed to gain weight so we obliged. We had a follow up appointment the next week and supplementing worked. His pediatrician recommended we keep supplementing (about 2 oz after breastfeeding 15-20 mins on each breast 4-5 times a day) until his 2 month check up.
My son is currently 5 weeks and I've been supplementing for the past couple of weeks. I've tried to wean from supplementing from 4-5 times a day to about 2-3 times a day. However, my LO seems to never be satisfied with just my breast milk. He always seems to be ravenous even after spending 20 minutes on each breast. Am I just not making enough milk for him or has he gotten so accustomed to getting a bottle after breastfeeding? I'm feeding him my breast more often to compensate for the missing bottle feedings but I was hoping we could wean off the bottles completely! Any advice on what I'm doing wrong? Or what I should do?