Everything was going great in the hospital, then on my last day the start of every session was extremely painful, baby started spitting out nipple and screaming starting again, spitting nipple out etc. (my milk was in then, so now I think I was anticipating pain and preventing let down.) nurses said my latch was fine, I had (blood blisters?) on the tips of my nipples, nurse said she's seen worse and gave me cream. (It was Sunday after a blizzard so no lactation consultant) I went home and baby always fell asleep while nursing, and nursed every hr now (in hospital she was usually every 3) the same day my husband came down with the flu. So I cracked and broke out the formula to let my nipples heal, planning on BF full time when they healed. She put back on her weight with 1 bottle a day so I thought win win.
Then at 2 weeks she caught RSV and we spent 3 days in the hospital, on oxygen etc I couldn't figure out how to nurse her with everything sticking out of her so did all formula feedings. 1/2 through day 2 I got a pump and was shocked to see I was barely pumping anything! (She started drinking 3-4 oz in hospital and I barely pumped 1)
Baby is 5 weeks old now, between 11-12lbs and I'm having difficulty reestablishing BFing. She loves to nurse, but often falls asleep during (I tickle her chin, swap breasts etc). She drinks 4oz of formula every 3hrs, if I nurse first she'll take 2-4 oz afterwards (which is weird because I pump less then an oz)
Should I be offering less formula so that she's hungry sooner and nursing more? (Pumping I between feedings doesn't always work out) and she's gone from a dirty diaper every feeding to 1 or 2 big dirty diapers a day, so I do t know how to count diapers now. Also she constantly falling asleep while nursing, if she's not doing the "suck suck swallow" is it still helping build my supply?