Re: ready to throw in the towel
Poor mama, I know how you must feel. Many mothers give up nursing when they believe that their little ones need more than they produce. The truth is, the more you nurse, the more you produce. If you are using a bottle, I would try ditching it for a couple of days and nurse on demand. Your baby is very young so she must want to nurse all day long. Totally normal. Maybe even every 2 hours or more! Let her. Babies need to nurse for more than just hunger and it's important to let them. If you are supplementing, stop. It will only make things worse. If you are seeing the same ped, I would recommend maybe seeing another because the first one gave bad advice. Feeding a baby formula will just become a hassle and it will sabotage your efforts to breastfeed.
Your body can make plenty of milk for your little one, trust in that and let your body do the work. Relax and set up a nursing camp for a couple of days and just get to know your baby and nurse and sleep.
Good luck, you came to the right place for support!
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. ~Joan Didion