Re: Need advice --partial breastfeeding frustration
If you're getting 1-2 oz every time you pump, that's normal output (see this link: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html). The issue may be in your expectations about how much a baby should be drinking from a bottle... When you say "I produce about 2oz per feeding/pumping and she gets the rest in formula (about 6oz total)" I'm interpreting that to mean that your baby is getting around 8 oz per feeding? Please correct me if I'm wrong! But if I'm right, that's a HUGE amount of fluid for a 4 month-old baby. Even for a strictly formula-fed baby.
You say that the problem is that you "can not handle the constant crying between feedings when she is so hungry." What would happen if you kept her at the breast instead of taking a pause between feedings? Generally, the absolute best way to boost supply is to allow the baby to nurse, and nurse, and nurse and nurse and nurse. And it has the added bonus of keeping the baby's mouth full so that she isn't crying!
If none of the above seems to match your situation, here are some things that may help:
- Use the slowest flow bottle nipples available
- Make sure your caregivers know how to feed a breastfed baby: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html
- Try these techniques to get the baby back to the breast: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html (The instant reward and skin-to-skin techniques are particularly helpful)
I know it's really, really hard to care for a baby and work and combine breast and bottle... Please don't be too hard on yourself.
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