Dianne - posted on 02/17/2011 ( 93 moms have responded )
My daughter Laura is 8 wks old now and from birth she has been a lazy, ineffectual nurser. In the first couple weeks I had to pump for every single feeding, and give it to her in a bottle. She ate every 2-3 hrs and was growing, slowly...I was also supplementing quite a bit with formula because sometimes I just couldn't get enough milk by pumping. She inevitably developed nipple confusion and it was really hard to get her to nurse at all...but over the past six weeks I have worked very hard to get her nursing full-time and now we're doing great--she latches on fine, she likes nursing, etc. The problem now is that she is still not a very effective nurser and has a relatively weak suck compared to most other babies this age (I have two older children whom I nursed till 14-15 months, each). She has gained about a pound since she was born but for the last three or four weeks her weight has plateaued at 7.2 lbs and she has not gained a single ounce. So now the lactation consultant says I absolutely have to supplement with at least an ounce of either formula or breastmilk and wants me to pump at least a few times a day to keep up my supply. I am to put Laura to breast for every feeding and then supplement. The consultant also said to begin a fenugreek regimen to keep up my production. But Laura has to be able to empty my breasts; otherwise my production will decrease again anyway. My main frustration is that I have a 4 yr. old daughter, a 22-month-old son, and now Laura, my newborn...it is absolutely unrealistic for me to be able to pump 5-6 times a day or whatever, and nurse, and supplement too...I have three kids to care for. Therefore most of the supplementing will have to be with formula, as much as I hate the idea. I guess I'm just venting here and wondering if anyone else has had the same problems...I do NOT want to give up on nursing and my sincere hope is that with several weeks of supplementing, so that Laura grows, she will become a stronger baby overall and nurse better, and I can return to exclusive breastfeeding and not have to worry about supplementing at all. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? Or encouragement? I'm just about sick over this b/c breastfeeding is so important to me, but I can only do so much on my part--the baby has to be a good nurser as well, and she just isn't at this point; no matter how long she nurses at each feeding, I guess she still isn't getting enough milk. Sigh. Will we get past this?!