Hi I need some help!
My Boy was born a preemie @ 35 weeks so he was a lazy feeder. He was 5 pounds 12 oz.
Due to his earliness he developed Jaundice in the hospital.
My Milk took a week to come in.
So due to him being a sleepy feeder, a preemie, no milk and having Jaundice he lost a ton of weight fast. He went from 5 12 to 5 3oz. I was warned that if he dropped below 5 pounds he would have to go to the NICU and wouldn't come home with me.
So I started to supplement formula and breast milk.
I was determined to bring my baby home with me from the hospital as my first born was in the NICU for 3 months so it was important to me to bring him home with me.
Fast forward 2 weeks.
My baby went from "scheduled" feedings every 2 hours of 1 1/2 oz of BM/formula to "scheduled" feeding every 3 hours now that he is gaining weight.
However here is my routine (it is killing me)! Nurse the baby - this can take 30-45 min.
Then pump for 15 min both breast @ the same time. I am now getting almost 4 oz of BM after pumping. My baby only needs 1 1/2 oz of milk so I freeze the rest. After pumping I give him a bottle of 1 1/2 oz that he kills but this takes about 10-15 more min. Then I have to clean everything up.
So here are my issues:
1)I want to stop pumping because I am making more milk then I need - but if I stop pumping and just nurse the baby I am so engorged.
2) If I cut him off the bottle and nurse him he is not a happy camper. He is awake most of the time and just wants to nurse - but then gets on the breast feeds for like 5 min and then falls asleep.
3) even after nursing he is hungry. I know I have the milk to feed him as I am getting 4 oz out but he is barley taking any milk from my breast. His latch is good BTW.
4) I can not continue the routine of nursing, pumping, feeding a bottle then cleaning up as it is draining me.
5) if I don't continue my current routine I have very painful boobs and a unhappy baby.
How do I get my baby on my breast and only my breast?
What do I do about my over supply?
The only good thing about this is I have like 3 weeks of BM in my freezer.
Thanks and sorry this was so long.