Hi - my baby was born over a month early but fortunately we were able to have a home birth and she never had to go to the hospital. She's over 3 weeks old now and although she's been BF from the beginning, I'm overwhelmed by how difficult it is and how hard it is for me to figure out what to do! My left breast isn't producing milk at all and I've tried everything: gone to a lactation consultant, used a breast pump, seen a doctor, had an ultrasound, used the Lact-Aid device with breast milk, had a massage and applied hot, wet compresses. . . . One night after about 2 weeks, I felt that she wasn't getting enough. She'd been up nursing for over an hour (on the right breast) and acted frustrated - pulling away from the breast and crying but continuing to try to suckle. She was getting hysterical so I made my husband go out and buy formula. Since then, we've given her a bottle about 8 - 10 times, when I felt that she was starving and wasn't getting enough from me. Now, after having read the 'myths' on the LLL website, I think that maybe I shouldn't have ever given her a bottle or formula. Also, I have no idea how to tell if she's getting enough. I used to think if she was frustrated and fussy and trying to nurse but pulling away - that all these things meant that she wasn't getting enough from me. But now I don't know what to think. Is this normal? I've almost gone crazy tonight because I decided not to give her formula or a bottle, and to just let her BF as long as she wanted. . . but she's been crying and nursing for over 4 hours straight!!!!!!!!! I can't put her down. I know if I give her a few ounces of formula she'll eat it and calm down and go to sleep - Basically, I am totally confused and don't know what to do.
I'd appreciate any advice or links to other websites that may be able to help me.