Does anyone have any advice or info on how to combine formula and breast feeding? My DD is two weeks old and we are struggling with breastfeeding.She lost 10% of her birthweight in hosp and by day 7 had lost a further 150 grams.
I'm pretty devastated about all this so please no judgement. I was quite young when I had my first DD and couldn't bf her due to a tongue tie. I had no idea about expressing etc and little support so put her on formula after a week. I've carried guilt about this for a long time and I'm struggling with similar feelings now but I need to do what's best for her and I think some breastmilk is better than none right?
I don't think I have enough milk. For example, today I fed her from both sides for 70 minutes. And she was hungry 20 minutes later. She only has 3-4 wet nappies a day and only poos every second or third day. I should add I'm taking fenugreek and blessed thistle and drinking lots of water etc.
On top of this she doesn't latch well and I can't seem to fix it- she just has a little mouth I guess. As a result my nipples are now both grazed and red and sore. And she won't take nipple shields.
For the last couple of days I've given her two formula bottles which she drinks very happily. But I'm not sure how to go about combined feeding, I'm struggling to find info. How many bottles do I give her? How- after a bf? Instead of a bf?
I'd really like to hear from anyone who has successfully combined feeding.