Should I supplement with formula?

Bethany - posted on 08/15/2012 ( no moms have responded yet )




My son is 5 weeks old and I'm having trouble breastfeeding. He eats, switching breasts, from 5:30 till 8:30 pm and then 9 till 10 pm, bath time in between. When he wakes up at night he will nurse for 2 hours straight. Some nights he's up for 5 to 6 hours eating on and off and crying and rooting the rest of the time. First the pediatrician said we could supplement if needed with formula, and we did a few times, but in the past 3 days I've been loosing my mind from all of this and my husband gave him a bottle last night in the middle of the night and he stopped crying and slept, and this morning again after feeding for over an hour he gave a bottle and he slept. I called the Dr back and she said to breastfeed for 20 minutes and finish the feedings with formula. He doesn't spend any time awake other than eating and crying. That doesn't seem right to me. I'm not sure if feeding him like that is a good idea our not, but my son just doesn't seem happy. I really wanted to breastfeed exclusively for a year, but not at the sake of my sanity or his health. He sleeps in bed with us, I'm a stay at home mom, and it's not a problem with latching. When he falls asleep he dribbles breast milk even after 4 hours of feeding. Am I missing something, our should I listen to the Dr?

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