I've been having difficulty with breastfeeding from the beginning. My son is 10.5 weeks old. I started BF shortly after his birth (not as quickly as I'd have liked because of C-section, but as soon as I could). I was told that he was having trouble latching on because I have flat nipples, so I was given a nipple shield. He uses this very well.
However, 3 days after his birth, he stopped peeing. I had to supplement with 20mL of formula after nursing and pumping, then supplementing with the pumped BM. They checked him out, and eventually, he started up again (with a HUGE waterfall of pee! ). I was eventually told I could stop supplimenting.
My son would nurse for hours if possible. He tends to fall asleep very early on in the process, and I have to keep trying to wake him up. He never seems to get full, but he was never fussy. Then at his 1 month appointment, the doc became concerned because his weight gain was low. He only gained 6 oz in the first month. 11 days later I went back in for a weight check, and he had only gained 4 oz. The doc said that every once in a while, you'll find a baby who is perfectly content with not getting enough to eat. LO was never fussy about the amount he was eating, he slept well, and he was peeing once we got home. I had no idea he wasn't eating enough!
His ped recommended supplementing with formula, but only nursing for 20 minutes first. I felt horrible. After just over 1 week of nursing for 20 minutes and then supplementing 4 oz of formula, he had gained 1 lb. 12 oz! His ped recommended keeping that up because he didn't want his weight to drop.
My son would still nurse forever if he could. Some evenings, when I get home from work and my stepkids aren't there, I'll nurse him as long as he likes, but I can't always do this. I'd really like to get him off formula and exclusively on BM, but I'm not getting enough for that with having to send it to the sitter's. (When he's there, he usually takes the 4 oz of BM that I send and then she has to give him up to 5 more oz of formula!) And after nursing for a long time, I still don't think he's emptied my breast!
He goes back to the ped on Friday. What questions should I ask the doc about supplementing and formula use? Also, could anyone here give me advice? How can I get him to be a more effecient BFer? I'm so frustrated with myself!