I need some help!
I have been breast feeding DS and I'm having issues. My left nipple has cracked so bad it's bleeding and I can't nurse from it. That leaves the right one which has a much lower supply for some reason.
I have been pumping the left side and feeding him that way. I nurse on the right side for about 15 minutes then feed him about 1 to 1.5 oz of the pumped milk. I'm not able to keep up. He's still acting hungry after that.
My doctor said to pump right side after nursing but he runs me dry nursing. I'm pumping 1 to 2 oz from the left but he always eats what I pump and I can't get ahead.
Any suggestions? I really don't want to supplement but I'm not sure what else to do. If he's hungry I need to feed him obviously.
Update: I sent DH to the store for formula after DS refused my "good" breast which has started to crack from the extra nursing. I'm still pumping but only getting a little over an oz. I guess I'll be supplementing while I'm waiting for the nipples to heal and just pump as much as I can to try to hold on to my supply.
I'm really bummed but he has to eat. I feel like a failure at breast feeding. I had to stop at 3 months with DS1 bc I got too stressed over it and he wasn't gaining good weight. He's not even a week old and I feel like I've given up.
Note this is not a failure compared to those who do or don't use formula...just to myself. I really want to be able to BF but for some reason I hit a wall and can't get past it.