I had an unfortunate series of postpartum events (mastitis, blood patch, caffeine drip, PPD) which led us to supplementing with formula for 24 hours at 7 days old, and the additional stress of these events hasn't helped my milk supply. I am pumping about 2 oz from both breasts (and don't really know what's adequate or average). The baby seems satisfied after she is done, but the doctor says she is not gaining adequately.
I'm trying to build up my supply as well as some stored milk but every time I pump the baby inevitably wants to eat within the next hour and there isn't much left and I end up giving her what I just pumped! And when baby feeds, she cleans me out. I can't get more than a few drops out of each breast after she feeds.
I read in the little pamphlet by Kathleen Huggins (comes with every formula sample) that milk supply is determined in those first few days after the milk comes in, which if that is true, my milk supply is doomed. I'd be glad to hear otherwise!
Any suggestions/advice are most welcome, as I am very close to just giving up and using formula.
Many, many thanks,