My apologies about the long post.
It has been one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride. My wife is having daily crying sobs because she cannot produce enough milk for our son. We exclusively breastfeed up until week 2 and our Dr. instructed us to supplement because Matthew was losing too much weight. He told us we can go back to breastfeeding once baby gains enough weight and my wife's milk comes in fully.
After speaking to our lactation consultant(s) we decided to bottle feed and pump. She pumped (Medela Pump-n-Style) 8 times a day and is producing 1- 1/2 oz (both breasts total) per pumping session. She is taking fenugreek, blessed thistle drops, mother's milk tea...chinese herbal medicine. You name it we tried it. Her supply has not increased
6 weeks later baby has gained enough weight and we are trying to breastfeed again. Matthew has developed nipple aversion and after three VERY difficult days we finally got him to take my wife's breast. Since we were only seeing 5 wet diapers (baby was producing 10+ on the formula) we started supplementing again. Reintroducing the bottle reactivated his fussiness at my wife's breast and now he is refusing to nurse (again). We did try feeding him with a syringe but he chokes.
We are approaching the 2 month mark and we are at the end of our rope. I'm not sure how much longer my wife can do this. Will her milk ever come in fully. Matthew is now 10lbs and 1-1/2 oz is clearly not enough for him. What is a reasonable time frame for her milk fully come in? At what point do we just bottle feed baby?
Thanks for listening.