I feel like i'm always writting about the same topic but our situation is not improving!! My DD will be 5 months on the 21rst. As of last friday she weighs 11lb 6 oz she was 7 lb 1oz at birth. She gets very frustrated at the breast when milk stops flowing after the initial letdown. I always try to burp her and get her latched back on, but she will suck a few times and the come off crying. This goes on the whole feed every feed...I keep trying to switch sides. I thought maybe she was distracted but this happens also when I nurse her in her room where it is quiet and the lights are dim. I've tried walking when nursing. Her output is satisfactory but not great and her poops are normal looking.
A good feed is her staying on for about and eating for about 3 minutes I feed on demand but this is not working. She is usually "eating" every 2 hours. If I put her on more often she just get even more frustrated. She will not nurse for comfort or to put herself to sleep. Also her latch on the left side is shallow. I get her on properly then she pulls herself down the nipple.
Last night at bedtime I gave her a bottle of EBM containing 2 oz, this was after she refused the breast. She was actually content with this. I know that I don't have the supply to keep up if we switch to feeding EBM.
I don't have access to LC and my family physician is not an expert by any means. I am a public health nurse and I have some training in breastfeeding so I feel like I have a good knowledge about the basics. It is so hard to see my daughter seeming hungry and not gaining a good amount of weight.
My "gut" is telling me that she is not getting enough but I can't stand the idea of having to supplement since I know my supply will go downhill very quickly My whole family including my DH (who is supportive of whatever I decide) is very pro FF so of course their answer is to supplement. I feel like they all think I am starving DD.
I need help!! Why won't she eat off of me!!