I am new here and have some questions.
This is my 3rd child. 1st time that breastfeeding actually started out good, and I hope I can continue to breastfeed.
My DS was born June 26th.
He latched right on with no problems. At his first Doc's appt he was still his birth weight. At his second appt. (this past Tuesday) he had lost 7 oz.
The Doctor recommened that I only limit him to 5 minutes per breast then offer him about 3 oz. of formula to get him full because my milk supply is low.
Now, from everything I have read what I should be doing is nursing him more, not less. Am i right?
So, I went against the Doctors orders and have been feeding him constantly. I mean he is attached to me all day long. And when I don't feel that he has emptied the breast as well as I think he should I pump for about 5 minutes on each side to empty it out. If he empties me out and is still hungry then I offer him a bottle of formula. I just don't want him getting hooked on the bottle/formula. I don't plan to stay on the formula.
Is the doctor right/wrong? I have read and read and read some more and I still keep coming up with the same information...nurse,nurse,nurse. That's what I am doing.
So, am I doing right?
I don't want him to go hungry but I want him to BF.
How long will it take for my milk supply to come up so that he is getting full?
I have been doing this sence Tuesday and the Doctor wants to see him back in the office tomorrow to see if he is gaining weight.
My breast just don't feel full like they did in the begining. They feel deflated all the time, but I know he is getting something, he has BM all all his face when he is done. And when I do pump I get about 1oz from both breast. Before when I was EBF, no pumpimg, I was pumping out about 3oz. So, I am guessing that he is getting about 2 oz, right?
Thanks for the information. I just want this to work and I am at a loss as to what to do. Are there foods or something that I can take that will help to up my supply? I bbought something called Stinging Nettle that is suppose to help with your milk supply while BFing. Has anyone here tried that? If so, how did it work for you?