I am a new mom of a 4 week old baby. He was born at 38 weeks and I put him to breast almost immediately he was born. He became good at latching instantaneously. I nursed him for the 2 days while we were in the hospital. At the end of day 2, when we were about to leave the hospital, his pediatrician came for check-up and mentioned that he is very hungry and has lost considerable weight in the two days, so give him formula. (His birth weight was 6lbs,6oz and 2 days later it came down to 5lbs,7oz). So we had to give him a bottle.
She said that when my milk comes in, I can stop the bottle. But, I never felt any engorgement in my breasts, so I never knew when my milk came in. But I kept on nursing him on demand. Four days after birth during his first visit, his weight came back up to 6lbs,3oz (3oz short of the birth weight). After a week, I started nursing him exclusively and stopped formula completely, including at night. I checked his urine diapers, since I thought that is an indication of how much is he getting. He had a good count throughout the day but the diapers were not soaking wet. 3 weeks later, we went for his visit again and his weight was 6lbs,4oz. He had gained only an ounce of weight in the past 2 1/2 weeks. This concerned the ped. and she advised to start bottle again. I was very upset over this but everyone in my family thought I was starving him, and so asked me to give the bottle, saying if he is happy, then what's the problem.
Since day 3 after birth, whenever I pump, I get only around 20-25 ml of milk. When I breastfed my baby for 2 weeks, he used to seem hungry ALL the time, never satisfied. So, I nursed him on-demand.
Now, I want to EBF him and want to wean him from formula. I am still nursing him every 2-3 hours before giving him a bottle. If I try to nurse him on demand now, without giving him a bottle, he seems frustrated and cries after I nurse him, and nothing comforts him except a bottle.
He is eating 3oz at a time. Please tell me how can I wean him to EBF? I want to do it sooner rather than later as I am scared that I will lose time, and then it will be even more difficult. I am very very desperate on EBF him, as I was unable to do it for my older daughter due to post-delivery complications that lasted for several months.
Please, please HELP ME!!!!