My baby boy is 3.5 weeks and had trouble gaining weight when he was first born so the pediatrician suggested that I supplement with breast milk. My baby was extremely slow on the uptake, being a SLOW nurser and falling asleep at the breast all the time.
I wanted to make sure that I was giving my baby enough milk so I supplemented after every feeding for about 1.5 weeks and after a meeting with a lactation consultant, she suggested alternating between breastfeeding only and breastfeeding/supplement to make sure that my baby was getting enough milk and maintaining my milk supply.
Yesterday, I tried to breastfeed exclusively and instead of nursing every three hours (when he is supplemented), he wanted to breastfeed every 2 - 2.5 hours for 30 minutes at a time. Hoping to get some rest at night, I breastfed at midnight and supplemented with breastmilk. The baby took about 1.5 ounces from the bottle. I have a baby nurse with me for the first month so at 2:40, the baby started crying and she fed him about 2.5 ounces of breastmilk from the bottle. Then, at 4:40 he was hungry again so she gave him another 2 ounces from a bottle. Is it possible for him to be so hungry?
I am so confused. Now I don't know whether he's getting enough milk from me cause at the midnight feeding, he took 1.5 ounces from the bottle, then more than 4.5 ounces in the next 4 hours! Should I just give up on hopes of breastfeeding exclusively and continue supplementing?
I don't know what to do!