I know that technically the breast is never empty, but can it run really low if baby nurses a lot in a short period?
DD is bfing after almost 2 weeks of exclusive pumping. She's one month old now. For the last three days she's been feeding every 2-2.5 hours until around 11 am. Then she wants to nurse nonstop - which by itself is okay with me. But the longer she's on, the fussier she gets. She starts to unlatch and cry until I relatch her, and we keep up this routine until she gets a letdown. While she's swallowing and for a few minutes after, she stops fussing. After a while, the letdowns get farther and farther apart until she just cries nonstop, even while trying to latch and the nipple is in her mouth. She pushes away from me and arches her neck and back while wailing - tis breaks my heart to see! She cries without latching until she vomits, then cries some more. For the last three days I've given in and given her a bottle of EBM after she throws up. This seems to satisfy her because she quits crying completely. (I know it satisfies me to see her content ) Yesterday and the day before she went back to being satisfied bfing after 3 pm and for the rest of the day.
I had supply issues early on, but my LC got me to switch my prenatal vitamins and pump after every feeding (10 bfings, 10 pumpings daily). I also tried fenugreek. Everything cleared up and I thought I had a good supply until now. Any thoughts?
She has been getting one formula bottle, usually the first feeding after midnight. The pedi wants it due to poor weight gain. Maybe I should switch the formula feeding to her fussy period? At least for now? I'm hoping to get her off formula at her weight check next week.