Our son was born May 23, so he's almost 4 weeks old now! I am furious about the fact that I didn't get to hold him until at least an hour after he was born, then I didn't get to breastfeed him until 4 hours later because they wanted to get his temp up. I don't know how much this affects breastfeeding, but he always seems to fall asleep at the breast in less than 10 minutes. In the hospital, he slept all day and was IMPOSSIBLE to wake up (we tried everything), but he ate throuhout the night and had many bms and wet diapers, so we weren't concerned.
However, when he was 3 days old, a doctor told us to start supplementing with formula because he had gone from 7lbs 5 oz to 6lbs. 10oz and looked a little jaundiced. I was surprised because he ate frequently (mostly cluster feeding), my milk was in, and he seemed to latch on well (cradle position). My nipples weren't sore, I wasn't engorged, my left breast let down like crazy when feeding my right...so I thought all was well. I cried when she told me to supplement, expressed my concerns about him getting lazy on the bottle, not going to the breast, etc.
According to the lactation consultants I talked with, the doctor should've told me to start pumping immediately to keep my supply up. I still breastfeed before bottle-feeding, but he downs 3 oz. from a bottle plus both breasts at each feeding. I hand-pumped a few times a day just to check my supply, but bought the Medela pump in style last Friday (2.5 weeks old). I breastfeed, bottle-feed, then pump every 2 hours, and get anywhere from 1/4-1 oz. from each breast. It sucks! I am actually feeding him about every hour, but I am exhausted as each "session" takes 1.5 - 2 hours depending on his needs.
I eat healthy, drink lots, am not stressed, have ''good breasts" for feeding, according to the nurses, but I hate formula and want breastfeeding to work. Chicken is the only meat I eat, but I would actually eat red meat if needed to increase my supply One consultant said--last week--it's too late for me to increase my supply while another said one month is all you have before it's established. I've read about fenugeek, herbs, and domperidone, but I was wondering if there's something I'm missing. Why is pumping not working?! I have chidcare in my house, so I plan to breastfeed for a year and can work on it at home.
Any ideas or suggestions before I call my local leader? Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to give all the info.