My dd has been both breastfeeding and bottlefeeding since the hospital, initially on the advice of the lactation consultant due to difficulties we both were having with breastfeeding. Since coming home (she will be 5 wks on Thurs) I've tried to wean her off the bottle since I'm pretty sure it's interfering with her getting the hang of breastfeeding, but whenever I do she becomes extremely cranky and needs to feed pretty much constantly. I've never been sure about how much supply I have in the breast she feeds on (she won't feed on the right breast b/c of an inverted nipple), but when I tried estimating it by a procedure outlined in "The Nursing Mother's Companion" it was lower than what she needed for feeding only off that breast. I've been pumping the breast she doesn't feed on since day one, and that's what I use to supplement her.
At this point, I've gone back and forth a couple of times between supplementing her with every meal, and trying to wean her off the bottle. My husband feels that this is probably confusing her, and I agree. She'll be starting daycare in about three weeks and getting bottles all day at that time, and I'm afraid she'll come to prefer them and reject the breast. However, right now she's literally needing to bf CONSTANTLY; she won't sleep unless she's on the breast, and those are usually catnaps of about 15 minutes (or less). She used to be alert and agreeable at about 10 am and again around 6pm, but now she just fusses.
So my options are, spend the next three and a half weeks trying to get her to bf only and hope she overcomes this fussiness (my mother says that this is normal and it's the way I was, but I'm not sure), or go back to supplementing her regularly and hope she continues to both bf and bottlefeed.
Any suggestions? I really, really want to breastfeed and even though I know I CAN just bottlefeed her EBM, I'd be really disappointed. Even now she tends to be harder and harder to latch on, and she tends to pull away more and more. She's a very active baby so that might just be her personality, but it worries me.