Hello-- I am new to this site and appreciate all of the info! I am in need of encouragement.....sorry so long...
Our LO will be 5 weeks old in a few days. She had been nursing nonstop (literally I get a 15 minute break after 45 min nursing; then fussing until back on the boob.) She does nap once or twice& sleep 3-4hrs at night. At first I thought this was the 3 week growth spurt & went with it, then it turned into 9 days of this so I began researching why she was nursing sooo much. She was having LOTS of wet/green smeared diapers & passing gas -- I came across info on hindmilk and began feeding from one side for 2 hrs at a time & her poop became dark yellow/tan within hours.
Went to the pediatrician the next day & told her all of this; pediatrician thought it was a low supply issue & said to "top her off" with formula to satisfy LO with more volume. (Baby is small for her age was 6#8oz at birth, 7#12oz at 1 month checkup)
So for 3 days I did just that with LO taking anywhere from 2-4 oz formula after nursing several times each day. I tried to pump to keep my supply up but was getting exhausted from all the nursing, mixing bottles, pumping & only getting 1-2 oz; plus feeling very terrible that the more formula she got the less chance of nursing exclusively long term, if at all. I was worried that she was taking the formula just because it was there because I don't know where she could fit 4 oz of formula after nursing, but she ate it anyway.
I am not sure I have low supply as I get engorged during the 4 hr streches at night & have milk spraying everywhere when LO latches & the other side leaks like crazy during the whole feeding. I started a supplement for more milk just incase the pediatrician is right.
Today I haven't given her any formula & we had a 3 hr stretch of continuous nursing; then usual nursing with a short break in between; so I am not sure she is getting enough from me.
If this is normal maybe I am better off giving formula as I cannot spend every day like this, I get nothing done & it is really wearing me down. I don't have time to get out of my pajamas let alone leave the house. Sorry for venting, my hubby is supportive but doesn't understand. Any advice is soooo appreciated!