My son is 2 weeks and 2 days old. Due to jaundice, we started supplementing almost from the beginning. And I had to pump and then bottle feed him to keep him on the bilibed so he wouldn't have to be hospitalized. (Nursing took too long and was too frequent).
I had a breast reduction 6 years ago, and I was unable to breastfeed after two weeks with my daughter because the same thing happened with my milk supply, which I attributed to the surgery. However, this time I had much more milk, and still find myself leaking. I'm caught in a bad cycle from reading too much information, so someone set me straight. Here's what's going on:
I was told to pump after son nurses to help bring out more milk to increase supply (found on BF after surgery website and advice from LC), but when I pump, I'm getting less than one ounce, and no more milk comes out after I've pumped for about 3-5 minutes. My son fusses after 3-5 minutes on each breast as well. At one time, he was nursing about 15 minutes per side, and when I pumped, I was getting about 2 ounces total after pumping for 15-20 minutes. When I bottle feed him, he is taking 3 ounces at a time. I don't know if the pumping is making it worse for when my son nurses, but it doesn't seem to be helping increase my supply, even though it seems to be emptying my breast. His diapers and weight are both good, but I'm sure that's from the supplementing.
SOOO, should I continue the cycle or what? Of course, I still have all of the other problems a BF Mom faces with newborns (falling asleep, latching, etc) but I can work through those things IF I have milk. My ultimate goal is to BF as exclusively as my surgery will allow and only supplement when necessary. Please help!