I'm looking for some suggestions as I really feel like I'm out of options.
My baby is just over 3weeks old and we breastfed exclusively for the first 2.5 weeks, until we had a weight check and she had lost weight:
Birth weight: 6lbs12oz
Weight @ 3days old: 6lbs 3oz
Weight @ 2weeks old: 6lbs 7oz
Weight @ 2.5 weeks old: 6lbs 3oz
So her pediatrician and the lactation consultant told me to offer her bottles /SNS after each nursing session (or during if using SNS), offering expressed breastmilk if I had it, or formula if I didn't. They also told me to pump about 3 or 4 times a day after I nurse her, to take "More Milk Plus" supplements, keep hydrated, get rest etc.
Since then she has rapidly started to gain weight - she gained 7oz in 3 days. The issue is that when I nurse her she nurses for a LONG time, but she doesn't seem to be efficiently emptying the breast. She only swallows after every three or four sucks, then will just do gentle sucks and nor swallow, or will not suck at all but will stay latched. She can literally nurse for an hour, then when she finally un-latches she screams, roots, sucks on her hands and will take a 3oz bottle (which is almost always formula, because when pump I don't get anywhere near enough to give her 3oz extra for every feed).
FYI I have a medela double electric pump.
I'm completely exhausted. Because it takes so long to feed her (it can be 2 hours by the time I nurse, bottle feed and pump) that is all I do, all day. I'm so frustrated because she is getting so much formula. I tried doing SNS to cut down on the time it takes to feed, but she fusses so badly with the tube, and then gets really bad at sucking when I get he tube in the correct spot. It really isn't working for us.
Any other suggestions? I so badly want to continue to breast feed, but I'm feeling like its a waste of time right now.