Hello Ladies, ftm here, and first time posting here. Sorry if I am a bit rambly, lack of sleep and all ...
LO is 4 weeks old tomorrow. My bean came at 34w and spent 2weeks in the NICU. I wasn't able to put him to breast until around day 6-7. They did not want him using more calories so he was fed via bottle NeoSure. After the first week I was able to bf him 1 or 2 times per day depending. He latched OK but in spurts. And he fell asleep quite often. The nurse said if he gets angry, don't force it, give him the bottle. So that's what I've been doing. I've been pumping since delivery though. Since he came early I was quite unprepared so the pump I am using is a single electric Evenflo one. Not the best for my situation I know but, it's what I have.
I've been giving him BM throughout the day mostly, and formula at night so that I can save my BM for the following day.
My question is this. I've only been able to pump 1.5-2oz per pump session. I usually pump every 3-4 hrs. Closer to 4 at night, closer to 3 during the day. Few days ago I could barely get 1oz. But today I seem to be getting 2oz steadily with each pump. He eats about 2-3oz. Which is why I am still supplementing with formula. I still offer him the breast during the day at each feeding. Sometimes he'll stay on for about 30-40 minutes, but he's still hungry. Or he falls asleep. And he only nurses off the right since my nip on the left is funky. He just wont take the left one. But the left one produces more. (And since I started BF it is considerably larger than the other one :( Will that go away?) And the left one is seriously sore these past couple days. Sore to the point where I don't want to pump. Ever. Again. But of course I will. The right one is fine, but the left hurts, so bad.
I am just wondering if my issue is my cheap O pump or my supply? I'm hoping its my pump and that this will pass, and get better. Eventually, I'd love to ebf him, at the breast, and run over this pump with a tractor.
I can't get a new pump until Jan via insurance. When I was in the hospital I was told WIC would loan me one, but at my appt they said not until January, when I go back to school. Will my supply decrease if I keep using the evenflo until then?
Any advice or guidance would be appreciated :-/