This is my first post, so I will try to give a little background first, as I believe it is pertinent to what is happening now.
My first born is 2 years old now and I was unable to breastfeed him because my milk never came in. He lost 1 pound in the hospital and we had to begin supplementing with formula when he was 3 days old. When we got home, I was still trying to nurse and was pumping. When nursing, he would get increasingly frustrated because he was getting essentially nothing and when I pumped I was getting basically nothing. So after 2 weeks of trying, I gave up.
Now, we have a 9 day old boy. At 48 hours old, he had lost 12% of his body weight; doctors were very concerned and we had to begin supplementing with formula and I began pumping after each feeding too. In the hospital, I was pumping and getting nothing or close to nothing. After supplementation started, he gained 4 oz. in 1 day and by Day 4 when we left the hospital, he was up a total of 8 oz; so what we were doing was working. However, with each day, Joel's nursing is getting worse. By that I mean, he often gets frustrated at the breast and will sometimes only nurse for like 5 minutes on each breast. And when I say "nurse" I use that term loosely, because he will barely latch and barely suck at all when he does latch. It is getting very frustrating for both of us. He will sometimes still make swallows, so I know that something is there (just not very much obviously). BUT....we came home on Tuesday and I have continued to pump. I get what I think is a good amount of milk when I pump. The amounts started out with me pumping like 5 mls total, then I would pump 10 mls, and the past two mornings when I first pump after not pumping in the middle of the night, I have pumped 1 oz!!!! During the day, the amount is not so high (I typically pump like 10-15 mls each time). So, my question is....WHAT IS GOING ON? Clearly, my milk supply is not in full yet, because Joel doesn't seem to be getting much of anything at the breast and I am not pumping out that much. Joel has some major latching/interest issues going on that I do not know how to deal with. So, do I stop nursing and just pump? Will my milk supply ever fully come in at this point? I am just at a total loss of what to do right now. Can anyone help please?