I know the forum supposes to be asking for BF support.....
I just want to see what people thoughts are. I am like some of the women who struggle BF. My milk didn't come in until day 5 post birth. DS is 2w+ old now. His demand increases exponentially. He is drinking 80--120ml formula alone per feed now (without breast milk). My supply can never meet the demand. I don't even know how much i produce anyway. It varies whenever i pump. I tried fenugreek at the beginning and have now switched to motilium since Monday.
The lactation consultant suggestion is BF (30 mins total), top up, pump. This routine has become very difficult for me because bub is a sleepy eater. He hardly can drink the whole bottle at once. I have to do nappy change, burping in between to wake him up. Sometime it was rather difficult to wake him up to finish the bottle. The whole feed can take up to 1.5--2hr. I pump as much as i can during the day. He doesn't sleep long (1.5 hr if i am lucky). That means there isn't any sleep for me at all if i choose to go on this routine. I must admit that I didn't do the pump every single time, especially in the middle of the night.
In the last two days, DS did the cluster feeding and that's exhausting. I constantly put him on my breast and he hardly gets enough. At some points, i had DH gave him the full bottle, he still refused to sleep and asked for breast or bottle time every 15 mins!
My mom suggested me to purely pump and put the breast milk to the bottle. DH also starts to think its as a good idea. BUT i feel sad to let go and skin to skin contact. Even with pumping, I don't produce much. 20ml--40ml depends on when i feed him. Generally, I have more in the morning.
I am about to give up BF. I was hoping to at least go to 4 months. Now, i don't even know i can hang onto until 1 month. I have never thought of BF will be a problem. When do you decide to let go?