My baby is 2 weeks old and was born at 34 +6 days. She was 5 pounds even. After the initial weight loss down to 4 lb 12 oz the Ped had me supplement her with 15ml of Formula or breastmilk either by finger feeding or SNS. After only losing 2 more ounces in a few days and the fact that my milk had come in the Ped stated I could just breastfeed and not supplement or pump anymore. I stopped pumping at that point (about a week old).
She can be a very sleepy baby. She needs a lot of stimulation while feeding to keep her sucking. To make a long story short...she dropped 5 ounced in 3 days, and now they have me supplementing again. I breastfeed 15 minutes on one side, then supplement 30ml formula on the other breast by SNS. I pump after almost every feeding (except at one night and one AM feeding). I only get anywhere from 8-15ml pumped breastmilk total after each feeding. Why isn't my supply larger?
When I went to my breastfeeding support group, I weighed baby before and after exclusively breastfeeding 15 minutes on one side and 25 minutes on the other and it showed that I transferred 30ml to her.
She is now 4 pounds 14 ounces at 18 days old. Not yet her birthweight. This feeding and supplementing and pumping is making me exhausted. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make my supply larger? She is more alert now and takes the SNS supplement fast. I feel that if I had a ton of milk that she could breastfeed exclusively. I feed about every 2.5 to 3 hours. 15 min. on one side then 25 minutes on other side with the SNS. I have been taking the Fenugreek capsules now for about 4 days.
Any suggestions? advice?