Please help! I am stressing myself out and very upset and crying every day because I am not able to breastfeed my baby. Here is the history: I started using a nipple shield on day 2 or 3 because of cracked nipples and pain. After going home from the hospital, the 2nd night home my baby nursed constantly all night, and didn't seem to be getting any milk from me. He lost 11 percent of his body weight. We went to the lactation consultant at the hospital on about day 5, and started supplementing with formula via a syringe and tube, and did this for about a week. I would feed him on the breast with the nipple shield first, then supplement, then pump for 15 minutes. The biggest issue I have had the whole time is not producing nearly enough milk. When I pump I only get an ounce, max. Sometimes only 20 or 25 ml. I have tried pumping 7 to 10 times a day to produce more, with no luck. I only make about 6 to 8 ounces a day. We switched to supplementing with a bottle after about a week, because I was having a hard time with the tube, and I think this made my baby a lazy sucker at the breast, which is why I keep pumping because I'm afraid of completely losing my supply if I only rely on the baby to suck. Sometimes he does a good job, but since I only produce a very little amount, he never gets very much, so I keep supplementing with formula because I am afraid of dehydration and starving him. I am concerned that I am just unable to produce more milk, maybe for a medical reason, as all this pumping has not had any effect. I also wonder if I should not have used a nipple guard, because it seems difficult for him to get any milk (but that might have been because I wasn't producing much). I really want to breastfeed my baby! What do you think?