My LO is just over a month old and has not nursed well since the day he was born. He ended up loosing almost a pound and had to go back into the hospital for jaundice. Because of the weight loss the doctor wanted us to supplement with a 22 calorie formula to help increase his weight. (He was 6lbs 15oz when he was born and now he is 8lbs 3oz which is awesome.) The other day when I was changing his diaper I noticed some blood in his stool and mad an appointment for him to go to the doctors. He said that he thinks he has a milk protein allergy so he put him on Similac Alimentum for supplementation.
I'm trying to get him away from the bottle and nurse him more, but he will freak out when I put him to breast and when he finally starts to get milk out he's fine, then he will unlatch and when I try to put him back on because I know he hasn't had enough he will re-latch and eat for 5 more minutes. Then when he unlatches again he freaks out, and I can't get him to re-latch. I end up giving him a bottle with the milk I pumped out to try and save because I am going back to work soon and he has some formula that he eats, but I don't like to use it because it is so expensive and we can't afford it until I can get back to work. I really want to nurse him, but I just don't know what to do! Also, I'm still trying to pump to keep up my milk supply, but I'm afraid that he will not get milk out when I go to nurse him and I will have to use the milk I just pumped out to feed him and it will completely be unproductive. Oh and I have to use a nipple shield because he can't get enough of my nipple in his mouth, which makes nursing him and switching him from one breast to another very difficult.