I am so sad. My DD is only 3 weeks old and I may have to give up BFing already. She BF's for a bit and then falls alseep...I try everything to wake her... put her down... she screams... then I BF her for a second and she falls back to sleep.....put her down... scream.....On and on and on this pattern goes(always miserable). Finally one night DH gave her a bottle of formula. She ate 3 oz AFTER I BF her. So now, when she doesn't seem content, we supplement with formula. I was hoping we could keep it to just nights(when she was most upset) However it has been during the day too. I believe I have enough supply, even when she feeds for awhile I still leak some sometimes when she is done. She also is gaining weight and having the right amount of wet/dirty diapers(we have only been supplementing the last two days). She just never seemed satisfied because she falls asleep.
DH does not understand why I am so upset. I just feel like it is the beginning of phasing out BFing KWIM? I have a 6 yr old that was formula fed. Had I known then, what I know now, I would not have given up so easily. Now DH keeps saying other DD was FF she turned out fine. (that is NOT the only reason I wouldn't have given up)DH says that continuing to BF just because I will look back and wish I hadn't given up so easily is no reason(or not the right reason) to keep at it. I honestly don't get that. Regretting it for the rest of my life is not reason enough to keep trying?
I feel like by supplementing my supply will go down. Then when she is awake more it won't be there. How much longer will this 'constant' sleep last? It is my second, but I honestly don't remember. Can I build it(my supply) up at that point?
I really don't want to give this up, I keep thinking if I stick with it will get easier. However DH is past ready to give formula constantly. ( he does not pester about it though)
I just don't know what to do... One up side to formula, I actually got to see her awake without her screaming, how nice that was. That part definately makes me happy. I don't want her hungry.
Sorry this is so long... thanks for listening.