My daughter is a little over 2 months old now and I have a little more than one month left before I go back to work. I want to keep breastfeeding her for as long as possible (up to a year). But, I've been having difficulty with my milk supply. I've seen a lactation consultant and tried just about everything that has been recommended to me. Last week, my supply seemed to be improving and and I stopped supplementing. Five days later, my daughter only gained an 1 oz. Its confusing to me because when I fed her on one breast during the weigh in, she took 1.5 oz (she needs 2.5 oz per feed/ 8 times a day).
I'm so tired of being stressed about my daughter's weight gain. At 2 mos., she was only 8 lbs 4 oz (her birthweight was 7 lbs 3 oz). So, I'm thinking about permanently supplementing with formula while continuing breastfeeding for as long as I can. I 'm also thinking that if I keep trying to breasteed exclusively, maybe I'll succeed. But, I'm afraid that my daughter will suffer and it will take all of the joy out of my last month at home with her.
Is it worthwhile to keep trying?