I was pumping (8 times/day) and bottle feeding my 7 week old son. Occasionally, I would add formula once a day when the supply was tight. A few days ago, I wanted to give breastfeeding another try. Surprisingly (maybe he is older now), he was able to latch on pretty well. I continued to pump after each feeding and was finally able to start building a freezer stash and do away with formula. I still give him bottle for the bedtime and 4 am feedings (if he wakes up) just out of convenience. We managed to get through the first 2 days quite smoothly. But my problem is that he often falls asleep at the breast and despite me tickling him, splashing cold water on him, talking to him, the sucking remains slow and shallow or stops. The moment I put him down, he wakes up and starts crying. And so the feeding session goes on forever (1 hr). Even then, he is not always full. Then I pump, he wakes up hungry again shortly after, and I'm left with little milk, and he gets frustrated because he is not full. It's a vicious cycle. I understand it is going to take time for him to get used to breastfeeding, but:
1. Are there ways to make him more efficient?
2. Should I continue pumping after each feeding? or every 3 hours? or not pump during the day? I'm afraid I'll lose my supply if I don't pump since my current supply is based on the 8 pumping sessions.
Thanks. Any help is appreciated.