Hi Mommies! im so glad that I found this site as I am just about to throw in the towel & go to formula. Only for the reason that Im insecure about breastfeeding my baby. He is 10 days old & so far breastfeeding is going well.
He was born at 37 weeks & has jaundice. So dr had me supplementing with formula as I breastfed (it was only a dripping device so he thought he was getting all my milk...And helped my milk supply) Yesterday at his dr appt he is back to his birthweight of 7 lbs 2 oz. So his dr told me I can take him off of the formula & EBF. Well, I was very comfortable watching him suck down that 2 oz bottle of formula, knowing he was full & satisfied. But yesterday I doubted myself all day that he wasnt getting enough from me. He didnt sleep as much as he did the first week & he seems to be hungry more often.
How do I know that I have enough milk? Why do I sometimes leak & sometimes not? Should I be leaking all day if I have a good milk supply? Ive been eating homeade oatmeal, drinking lots of water & taking More Milk Plus supplement.
Also, since he has jaundice he tires VERY quickly while eating. He will vigerously eat for a few minutes then fall asleep so I have to make him stay awake to eat more.
My goal is to bump milk so during his sleepy feedings I can give him a bottle of breastmilk from a slow drip bottle to ensure that he is getting enough...but I cant seem to pump much milk? I read to pump after his feedings, but when I do I can only get a few drops out. Im afraid that the supplementing made my breasts think he only need a little bit. how do I increase milk supply????
Thanks in advance,