So I am desperate for some help. I had my baby three weeks ago and had an emergency c-section. Once I was handed my baby to breastfeed him, my baby had trouble latching on due to my inverted nipples. During my stay at the hospital I kept trying to get him to latch on and was not very successful. I refused to give my baby formula during my stay at the hospital, however, after I was discharged and went home, my baby continued to have problems latching on. Before I left the hospital my baby had already lost 9% of his birth weight and during his first appointment (a day after I was discharged) he had lost over 10% of his birth weight. At this point, the pediatrician told me it was essential I supplement with formula.
It broke my heart but I began giving my baby formula but I continued to try and breast feed. The problem got worse when I became engorged. Not only was I not being able to latch my baby on successfully but my breast were extremely full. I started pumping and that relieved some of my engorgement. I continued to attempt breastfeeding and my baby finally started latching on successfully. Unfortunately, my baby would not get full off of my breast and I still had to continue supplementing.
I tried not pumping to see if that helped when he breastfed and it did not. I started breastfeeding during the day and formula feeding at night. I was producing about 1 oz from each breast when I would pump. Lately, I have only been producing 1oz from both breast. My baby has been breastfeeding more often and I have been pumping more. I don't understand why my milk production is decreasing. Please help!!! I feel like I'm drying out and soon will not have any milk. It kills me to think that I will not be breastfeeding anymore. I wanted to breastfeed exclusively and that did not work out. I have conformed to breastfeeding and formula feeding but was hoping I can get to a point where I can produce enough to satisfy my baby's hunger.