ok so first off my son is five weeks old. i have two older boys but this is the first baby i have breastfed so its very new to me and alot of it confuses me. well he was born 4 and a half weeks early and was in the nicu for five days. while he was in there i pumped and then once he came home i nursed him exclusively for the whole first month.
my nipples starting getting cracked to the point of leaking blood and scabbing over so i tried nipple creams, neosporin, airing them out, breastmilkand nothing was working. so i made the decision to stop nursing him and just pump to see if they would heal. before i stopped when he eats he would be gulping the milk and be satisfied and when i would pump i would get anywhere between 2-4oz per side. well i had to start giving him formula because pumping was getting harder and harder. i would get 1/2-2oz total in the morning and nothing the rest of the day. so he as been having what i pump in the morning and then formula the rest of the day for the past week. my nipples are finally healing and i even started putting him back on the breast. he used to only nurse one side at a time and now he is nursing on both but will scream after a couple minutes of starting and i cant hear him gulping anymore. i fear my supply is almost gone. i have been taking fenugreek and drinking milkmaid tea and so far its not helping.
what can i do to try and boost my supply back up? i really wanna get him back to breastfeeding full time and off the formula but he screams after a couple minutes. i hear there is a perscription to help with supply so do you think i should ask my doctor for it? or do you think it will eventually go back up on its own?