My daughter will be 5 weeks tomorrow. I had an unexpected c-section and that threw me for a loop - being in pain for 2 weeks and never thinking I'd ever need a c-section. Baby was 8lb 3oz at birth, fell to 7lb 3oz at the end of her first week and was told to supplement with formula. She was back up to her birth weight by the end of her 2nd week. My in-laws visited for two weeks (yes 2 weeks) starting at week 2 so I was trying to recuperate while being a hostess and not wanting to deprive them of their grandchild (since they traveled across the country to see her) so I wasn't as stringent with insisting on bf as I should have been (plus in-laws loved feeding her the supplements). Anyway, I have been doing my darndest to cut down supplement by bf every 2 hours.
Due to my early low milk production I have been to a LC three times, did phone consultations with her 3 times, have been seeing an acupuncturist (5 sessions), am taking fenugreek capsules 3x/day, drinking mother's milk tea 3x/day, drinking lots of water, upping protein intake and taking some other herbs (3x/day) the acupuncturist gave me. I was pumping after each feeding but it was sort of "killing" me in that I had no time to do anything else so now I'm just pumping 2-3x day (mostly in the AM) and I'm only getting about 2.5oz. total.
Diaper output is good, I think. 5+ wet diapers/day, 5+ poopy diapers/day. She is now up to 9.6lbs (I'm using a scale that my LC gave me and it doesn't measure oz.). In the beginning I was supplementing about 12oz./day and have cut down to between 2-4oz./day. Today I didn't supplement at all.
I am just so fearful that my baby isn't getting enough milk. I have read so many things that say it's all about the diaper output but I am just worried for some reason. I think it's because I'm not pumping very much and I so don't want to have to supplement - I want to be able to be the only source of food for my baby. I also am not sure about her latch. My LC said her latch was fine but sometimes my nipples hurt during a feeding or I look at photos of proper latches and it just doesn't seem like her latch looks anything like the example photos. I'm determined to make it happen but it just seems like my breasts are turnips after reading about people who are shooting out milk, pump 5-8oz. a sitting, or there is milk dribbling out of their lo's mouth. It's very frustrating.