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I have been breastfeeding for 3 weeks today, many times have wanted to give up. The latching on is getting better, still painful at times. The little man has been wanting to nurse every hour for a week now, sleeps 30 minutes to 3 hours at a time at night, never know. I have been trying to pump when he only takes one breast or when he skips a feeding which is not often. I got soo frustrated with him being fussy and attached at the boob all the time that I have been giving him one bottle of formula a day, approx. 3 oz. I am not really sure if it helps but he seems satisfied after he eats it for a little while. He won't sleep in his bassinet, wakes every time I lay him down....arrggghhh. Anyways, two questions, when is the best time to pump if the baby is constantly at the breast? and does anyone else supplement with formula? thoughts on this.
I know that everyone goes through that phase that they think they are not making enough milk to satisfy, but my nipples are killing me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
I don't supplement, but I don't think there is anything wrong with it...You have to do what you believe is best...Many mothers supplement so don't feel guilty at all about it...For me I don't have a lot of problems with Robert is breastfeeding for the most part...Sometimes it does take a moment to get him to latch on right, but nothing major...However I have found that he sleeps a lot better when I give him expressed milk than from nursing...and it seems that with me working, going back to school and all I might become more of a pumping mom than nursing...I will probably nurse him during the middle of the night because it's easier and give him a bottle of expressed milk the rest of the day.
As far as when is the best time to pump morning give you the most expressed milk, however, if your going to be like me I suggest that you pump every two hours...If your nursing and pumping, try to pump an hour after you nurse...That helps to increase your supply
I hope it gets better for you dear...Your doing a great job by making it to 3 weeks