I am a new mom trying to breastfeed my 2 1/2 week old. We have already been directed to supplement with formula about 1/2-1oz after each feeding after 4 days old as he dropped too much weight and to help get rid of the jaundice. Since then, I feel like some days I get more milk than others. I purchased an Ameda breat pump to help with supply concerns, but still only am able to get about 1 1/2 oz when I pump at one session and then diminishes as the day goes on. I stopped with that as am concerned I am leaving nothing for my little guy to feed with. He nurses 8 times a day right now, and has plenty of wets and about 2 large bowel movements every day. My main concern is keeping the supply up for when I go back to work in about 4 weeks. We borrowed a scale to weigh him and he seems to be back at his birth weight now, but still very concerned I may be drying up already! I had breast reduction about 6 years ago and everyone I talk to says I should be fine. In talking with the LC, they say to keep nursing and weigh him before and after feedings to see how much he is taking in, (have yet to do this as he is an impatient boy and hates being nude).
I try to keep up with the water supply and trying to maintain the "proper' diet it difficult at times when you are trying to sleep when he does (only at night and maybe 1 catnap during the day). I guess at this point I wonder if throwing in the towel and going straight formula would be best since I can't even get a backup supply started. I feel like I am not on a consistent schedule with feedings as it is never the same everyday. That is very frustrating to me and causes concern as a mother providing nourishment for her baby. Any words of wisdom???