I'm a first-time poster at MDC. I've done a lot of lurking as I'm a new mom to an 8 week old boy.
We've had problem after problem since ds's birth, and it's really tearing me apart. Currently, our situation is that everything has been corrected except my supply (it was originally my latch and a sleepy baby, but that's been fixed). I currently supplement with 2oz (sometimes 3) of formula at every feeding.
I've been taking domperidone and am nursing constantly (for hiccups, gassiness, everything!). I have a breastpump (or three!) but find that if I use it after nursing I don't get more than a few drops.
Someone that has been extremely supportive of my breastfeeding told me yesterday that she's not sure that I'll ever be able to exclusively breastfeed, and that of course makes me want to go full steam ahead and prove her wrong.
But there are so many conflicting pieces of advice - what I'm wondering is what the best approach is to stop supplementing. Is it best to just pump pump pump feed feed feed for a few days? (This doesn't seem like it'll work because I can breastfeed for two hours straight and ds will still cry out of hunger). OR, should I do what the kellymom website says with reducing the formula drank by 1oz every few days?
Also, one last thing: I've been using (ugh) bottles this whole time and I'm not sure SNS's are even available besides on the internet? I think that because not a single nurse, LC, or midwife has mentioned the possibility of them. Today I had a bit of a scare where ds wouldn't take the breast, would just scream, but took the bottle with ease. He later went back to the breast but it's given me The Fear. Would it be worth it to buy an SNS or Lact-aid at this point? (He's been using bottles since day 5).
If you've read all this, thanks so much
And thanks in advance for advice!