I hope that y'all will have some answers for me! I have been breasfeeding my month old son and pumping and giving bottles since he was not gaining weight in the beginning. When we rented a scale we found out that he was only getting about .5 of an ounce at a feeding. SO we had to supplement with formula. He is generally getting about an ounce at a feeding now. But the nursing, giving a bottle of EBM and pumping is seriously wearing me out. When my husband is home it is fine, but now alone. The poor guy is not sleeping enough and neither am I.
My question is this: I was told that you can not exclusively pump and maintain a good milk supply. Is this true? Does the baby have to nurse some to keep up the supply.
My second question is: If I can I'd like to let him nurse a couple of feedings a day, when my husband is home, or when he has gotten some sleep and seems ready.
Right now neither of us is happy and that is unfortunate. I fully intend to give him breastmilk for 6 months if I can, but this pace is too brutal!