I gave birth to my first child the evening of March 12 (Natural) He was 8 lb 14.6 oz at birth and 8 lb 5 oz was listed as discharge weight The Friday Night (though I think that weight was probably from the evening after Birth, Thursday).
We had an appointment for him with the Pediatrician on Monday, by which time he was down to 7 lb 10 oz and we had to supplement. They sent us home with a feeding tube set up not an easy one to use though) and some formula with probiotics. We were to supplement an oz with each feeding. Thursday he was back up to discharge weight so I was to only supplement for every other feed for two days before stopping the supplement.
Today is the first day I was not supposed to be supplementing.
He hasn't pooped since we reduced the supplement.
Today a three times when I got done breastfeeding and he was still very hungry I gave him some supplement.
Babe latches well (did right from birth) though it is difficult and sometimes painful when also trying to get the tube in place at the same time.
When nursing from me without the feeding tube he has a tendency to latch on, suck vigorously only briefly and then tend to go into sleep feeding.
I fear that I didn't do enough research into breast feeding before I had the baby and therefore I didn't know enough to ignore certain advice or comments of some of the nurses and even my family (Things like don't let him use you as a passifier or never wake a sleeping baby or let him sleep when I would try to wake him to feed him on schedule.)
Now the tube feeding provides a lot more faster and easier for him so it seems that he isn't nursing as effectively now as he was before the supplementing.
I think my milk was slow coming in as well. It was a really hard 12 hour labor and I had been in pre labor for over 24 hours before they would admit me to the hospital so I was pretty drained even before giving birth and I did loose quite a bit of blood due to a 4th degree tear and wasn't up to even getting into a wheel chair to move to the recovery room and they had to wheel me over in the bed.
So now I'm trying to figure out how to increase my milk production so I don't have to continue supplementing as a long term thing.
I have some milk for him but obviously not enough. Everyone keeps telling me to relax since that is necessary to have the milk let down well but it is very hard when I'm feeling heartbroken and guilty for not being able to provide what I feel I should for my baby. Help