My baby girl is 5.5 weeks old now and I'm not sure what to do. . . I'll try to keep a long story short, but I was determined to exclusively breastfeed my baby this time and it hasn't gone that well. I breastfed my first child for 10 months (no issues besides thrush on and off for a few months), but my second didn't take to it and after a few weeks we resorted to formula feeding. This time around my baby girl did great learning to nurse at the hospital and was mainly breastfed for the first three weeks (with the exception of 1-2 oz of formula a day to help her jaundice levels). By her two week appointment, though, she was 11 oz less than her birth weight and 7 oz less at 3 weeks. My doctor determined she wasn't getting enough to eat to work on getting my supply up. Well, I tried and kept feeding her, but also started supplementing with bottles to ensure she would get enough. She regained her birth weight plus 4 oz by 4 weeks old. :)
I found that I was supplementing after many of her feedings and it was getting really draining and time consuming. I decided I just didn't have the time to focus on feeding her so long (hoping if I let her nurse 30 min on a side she would eventually eat enough) and often with two other kids and the house to take care of. On top of all of this I work from home 15-20 hours a week. I started giving her a bottle every-other feeding so my body would have time to produce more milk. It worked well at first, but now I'm finding the need to feed her another 2 oz of formula after some of the nursing feedings. Sometimes she still seems hungry even after the 2 oz and it's getting so frustrating not knowing if she is barely getting anything from nursing. I also feel like I'm getting an infection or something because I'm still sensitive and have some shooting pain especially after I feed her. I'm worried my supply is just going to dry up altogether. In a way I'm tempted to strictly pump and give her bottles to ensure she's getting enough. She only wakes up twice a night and eats every 2-4 hours during the day depending on her naps. When she gets a bottle I give her 4 oz, which usually is good, but sometimes she only drinks 2 or 3.
I really wish it was easier to breastfeed her and would like her to get more breastmilk, but I'm not sure what it's worth. I figured there might be some in CafeMom that have had experience with this or some advice for me. :)