My son was born at 36 weeks and weighed only 4 lbs 4 oz, he was under observation in NICU for 1 week, just to see if feeding well
Week 2, he was at home and I started breastfeeding him, but he would cry all the time. Apparently he is very sleepy, gets tired, and has weak suck, so our lactation consultant advised us to supplement with formula, and mentioned that pumping will always give less than what baby needs
This is week 4 and since then I have been trying to breastfeed, supplement with expressed breastmilk, and then with formula at every feeding. And then I pump.
The breastfeeding does not work at all, so I would like to just pump and bottle feed, but give no formula. My problem is my supply has remained almost constant over the 2 weeks and I pump only 0.75 - 1.25 oz (without breastfeeding), whereas he takes 2 - 2.5 oz. He feeds around 8 times a day, and I pump around 6 times
I have both a hospital rental pump and Medela PIS advanced with letdown, and both give same results. I take 1 capsule of fenugreek three times a day, but that does not help
Can you please help me with suggestions of how to increase my supply so I can only feed him with breastmilk alone? I like pumping and think this can be a long term solution, even after I go back to work, but I need to get my supply up. If I give formula in addition and get so less with pumping, I am scared I will get discouraged and might just stop pumping, especially after I go to work