Wow, what a journey, you really did everything you could. Thanks for sharing your experience, my first had jaundice too.Hi
Sorry you are going through this. I had a hard time with breastfeeding too. My baby was jaundice and would constantly fall asleep at the boob. I would have to keep waking him and feeding would take over an hour until he was so asleep I couldnt wake him. I never really knew if he was full. He did have wet nappies every day, but they were never heavy and he wasnt gaining much weight. He was being weighed every day and having blood tests every day, he even lost weight once at 2 weeks old.
He went to hospital at 6 days old for phototherapy. There, I breastfed for an hour and then they topped him up with 50ml each feed which he sculled down each time. SO you can do it that way.
A couple of weeks later, feeding with my baby got even worse and he started to refuse the boob even more. He wouldnt latch on and scream his lungs out until we gave him a bottle. I would express in tears while my hubby gave him a bottle of formula. I saw my CAFs nurse and she gave me a referral to a mother a baby unit (there may be one near you), called Torrens House. I got in right away as my baby was 3 weeks old and it was a feeding issue.
There I found out that my supply was really low and they got me started with a supply line right away. Its a bottle of formula (or expresses breast milk) that hangs around your neck, with thin tubes that come out and you tape on to your breasts to your nipples. When your baby latches on, they get your nipple as well as the tube. So your baby then gets the formula through the tubes as well as sucking your breast milk (which stimulates your supply). In the 2 weeks I used it, my baby put on 600g and I went from using 80ml in the supply line to 30 ml. I was also taking tablets to stimulate supply. Feeds also took only 30 minutes, and I expressed after that. At first I could only express 5-10ml after each feed, eventually I could express about 30ml after each feed which was enough for the 30ml supply line.
Even though it was going really well, I was sick and tired of expressing after every feed and feeling like I never got to play with my baby. I also suffered PND and my medication hadnt kicked in yet. My baby was doing well weight wise, but he was still frustrated at latching on and staying on. For my own well being and for my baby's happieness I switched to full time formula.
It was a hard decision to make to switch, but I am glad that I did. Please never carry any guilt about switching with your other baby or with this one (if thats what you end up doing). There is so much pressure to breastfeed, and if your happiness or your baby's happiness gets in the way, dont feel guilty for switching. There is a lot of nutrients in formula and its come a long way in the last few decades.
Please PM me if you want to chat :-)
re breastfeeding, You're right, there is so much pressure. I think im putting in on myself too
My DH said the same thing about formulas having come a long way.