Trish - posted on 06/27/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
My baby is 8 weeks old and is not putting on enough weight. She often refuses the breast and when she does feed she will only feed for very short time. We've been told to supplement her feedings with formula/expressed milk but that still is not working and she hates the bottle. All day she feeds every 1 1/2 to 2 hours but only for about 5 mins at a time. She has become quite a lazy sucker as well since i have a very fast letdown reflex and she doesn't have to work at it. As soon as she has to -she stops feeding. I've been using a haberman bottle when i try to top her up to improve sucking. Even with feeding all this time my milk supply is slowly decreasing and expressing after each feed is not really helping. Can anyone suggest how to get her to feed longer? I'm absolutely exhausted and have no time for anytihng but to feeding/expressing for her. i think she would sleep longer in between feeds if she fed for longer.