My first born son is almost three weeks old. I am determined to make it breast feeding. We have had a couple hurdles already and I need some help/encouragement.
First; he was a super sleepy baby for the first two weeks. The hospital nurses were concerned with how little he was eating so they gave me a nipple shield. Worst mistake ever. I wish someone would have told me! Constant battle trying to wean him off of it.
Second; because he was a sleepy baby, he wasn't eating around the clock for the first two weeks. He dropped too much weight for our pediatricians liking and he told me I needed to supplement with 2 ounces of formula after every breast feeding. I had a meltdown at the word 'formula' and decided to supplement with breast milk instead. So my son would eat for 20 minutes from my breast and then drink from a bottle. He is gaining weight now.
Three; not only have I not been able to wean him off of the nipple shield, now he prefers the bottle and will barely eat from my breast. I am very worried about my production staying strong. I pump every three hours and get between three to five ounces total. I'm worried that since my baby is never skin to skin with my breast, due to shield and pump, that my body will slow down production? Can a woman keep a strong production by pumping alone? Do you think once my son gets his weight up to normal I can quit with the bottle cold turkey? And are there any tricks to weaning from the nipple shield?
I'm so frustrated! I refuse to formula feed my son. But I'm stressed that I won't produce enough to satisfy his growing belly. Please help!