was so glad to find this forum..
given birth to Nyah on 29 Oct via c-section. there wasn't any support in the hospital on BF and after 2 nights, the nurses top her up with 30ml of formula milk after an hour on my breast. so now, we are home, we continue topping her up with formula as we thot her stomach should be stretch by now, and couldn't get full on my breasts alone, so what i do is i will put her on one of my breast for 20-30 mins, then top her up with formula milk (ranging from 60ml - full feed of 90ml) almost everytime!!
i am willing to give exclusive BF a go, but feel like i will never catch her up. i read thru some of the threads and most are suggesting to ditch the bottle and let her feed on my breast for a day or so. has anyone tried it and work? what if she is hungry, will i be starving her?
also, one of the problem is bad latching due to the bottle. she is now a nipple suckler and won't open wide, so i don't think my breasts are stimulated enough to produce the milk she required. how to rectify this problem? i tried breaking the suction off and tried till she opened wide, but that never comes...even if there is success, she will slide her mouth closer herself and just suck on my nipple.
i was also told to use the pump to stimulate more milk production, so after each feed (if i am not exhausted), i will use a hand pump to pump out milk from the other 'unused' breast. on a good time, it will pump out 60ml -80ml but usually since i am so stressed out, it will only pump out 30ml-40ml after 10-15 mins. not sure if is this wise/necessary/doing anything? any advice?
i know everyone is telling me to relax but i am such an emotional wreck right now, my whole body flinch when she cries and usually i cries along with her... really could use some sound advice on how to tackle this BF issue. thanks