Hi all - I'm afraid this is going to be a long one (again!) so you can see what I've already done and hopefully get your advice.
I've had a bit of a nightmare with breastfeeding so far - I love it and want to keep going, but I find myself having to give EBM & formula top ups as well as being on Motilium because bub has only gained 160g since birth (still only 2920g on Friday's weigh in).
DD is 5 weeks tomorrow and I thought things were going well at first, but she wasn't gaining weight - the chn has been amazingly helpful and showed me that my latch was not good (the midwives at the hospital wouldn't teach me how to attach, they just came in and attached DD when I asked for help so I tried to mimic what they did when I was at home). I had been demand feeding and switched to every 3 hours (with a 4 hour stretch 'allowed' overnight) and pumping after all of my daytime feeds to try and boost my supply which the chn said was low because of the poor early attachment.
I did that for a while and still not much weight gain so I started taking Motilium to boost supply and get her to gain weight (I had been eating lactation cookies and started taking Fenugreek to try to do it naturally) - saw a lactation consultant/chn and she suggested I pump after every feed every 3 hours even overnight and give formula top-ups if required to get bub to gain weight.
I was really upset about the formula but decided if I couldn't do it myself, at least she would finally be full. Started the top-ups on Friday and she's been doing well. She has between 30-60mls of formula after feeding from both breasts and whatever EBM I have (not much, a max usually about 30ml - I loathe pumping because it is SO disheartening!!) - though she had one feed yesterday and one today where she didn't want any formula.
SO ... my questions are ...
1. I obviously need to stop Motilium one day - will the milk disappear with it or will I have inreased my supply by then?
2. Is there anything else I can do to increase my supply? Is it worth pumping between feeds?
I see the LC/CHN again tomorrow and I'm going to see another LC as soon as I can get an appointment but I'm worried about giving her so many bottles!!