I'm a first time mom and I've posted a few times on here. I tried BF with all my might. After 3 very unhappy weeks, sore nipples and baby losing weight I decided to exclusively pump instead of formula.
LO was drinking 3oz 8x a day in the beginning. At a month old Pediatrition said to increase to 4oz and we did and he was drinking 3.5 -4oz at a time but dropped to 7 times a day because he slept longer at night.
I feel like feeding has always been a challenge for us and he will just not drink 4oz sometimes which is fine but I can never tell if he is truely done drinking. Sometimes he will drink 2.5oz and then I will burp him and he will drink more. Sometimes he will just lie there with bottle in his mouth and not drink anything.
I feed him every 2.5-3hrs after he wakes in the morning. I can't understand how he can sleep 11hrs and barely drink 3oz. I don't know if I'm force feeding him.
I feel so overwhelmed and stressed when it comes to feeding him. I've tried different nipples and different bottles and it's the same. He is now 10weeks old and barely drinks 23oz but if I didn't continue to offer the bottle(usually an hour long to get him to finish the bottle) he would drink probably 18oz a day. I always put 4oz in the bottle incase he will drink all of it but it's very rare that he does.
I worry that now he is sleeping through the night that he is not drinking enough. Should I try formula to see if he drinks that better? Maybe he is rejecting my milk?
Ugh I'm so super stressed out by this!!