HI! My baby is 6 weeks old. When he was born, my nipples hurt so much, they were bleeding and really sore, so I started using a nipple shield. It hurt a lot anyways. So I bought the Advanced Medela Electric Double Pump, and started pumping my milk. I have not given my baby any formula. I went back to work last week, and while there, I am pumping every 2 hours, at 7.30, 9.30, 11.30 and 1.30, for 15 minutes. I get 3 - 4 ounces each time. When I get back home, I put my baby at the breast, but he is only there for a max. of 10 mins. before he starts crying and fussing. I give him 1 ounce before I put him to the breast, but he still cries and get all desperate. Then I pump at 6.30, 10.00, and 11.30. I get 4 ounces each time. Then I go to sleep and when I get up at 5.30 I pump again. This time I get 7-8 ounces.
Right now my baby is eating between 3 and 4 ounces, so right now I have enough milk. My concern is that since he is refusing to eat at my breast, I don't know how my milk production will increase if I keep doing the same thing. I am concerned I will not produce enough milk for him in a month or two. He eats 3-4 ounces every 3 hours. Right now I have a week milk supply frozen, and I am freezing around 4 - 6 ounces every day.
Is it too late to make him eat at my breast? I really had all the intention of breastfeed only for 6 months, but I don't know what to do. I feel really sad because I feel that because of my inexperience and selfishness, my baby will not get all the benefits of my milk.
Any advice??? Thank you.