How to produce enough breast milk to ween off of formula

When my son was born he had jaundice so I’ve been combo feeding. The second week he stopped latching so I’ve been giving him a bottle with formula and breast milk. I’ve been pumping every 2-3 hours including the night. I’ve been struggling to get my supply to go up during each pump, I only get 1 oz 1 1/2 oz if I’m lucky sometime only a half oz. (I got sized for my different pumps). Since he also takes formula and I combine breast milk in a bottle he usually drinks 2 1/2-3 oz. Now at one month I’ve been able to get him to latch back on not for every single feed but I’m working on it. My question is how can I get him to ween off formula since I know my milk supply has not been keeping up with what he eats per feed. I’ve been pumping after latch and every 2-3 hours pump still but I’m worried I won’t be able to make enough to completely ween off the formula. I’ve tried eating oats, making lactation energy bites, lactation cookies, drinking a gallon of water a day or at least as close to it as I can also been drinking body armor and coconut water. I’ve also used pumping Princess supplements and eating enough calories. Please help 😩 he’s also been showing signs of reflux we have an appointment on Friday.
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I'm in the same boat, following! We are at 7 weeks and my boy drinks 3-4oz a feed, I've been increasing production, im up to 2oz (up to 4 sometimes) per pump. I've found that I get more supply when I'm less stressed, but that's hard to do when you are stressed about pumping

It’s a struggle I’m lucky if I get 2oz and that’ll be a 3am pump or 5am pump. I also try not to stress about it but it’s hard when I feel like I’ve tried everything. Good luck to you 🙏🏼 Hopefully soon but I’m also so tired of pumping 😩

A pump isn’t always the best option due to various things such as incorrect flange size and the fact that your body might just not react to it as well as it would the baby. Baby’s saliva on your nipple will communicate to your body to make milk. It might take a while but my advice is to cluster feed as much as you can, it might seem baby isn’t getting enough and ur constantly feeding but this is them telling your body what you need so give it a chance. This will bring supply up (remember it can take up to 16 weeks for supply to regulate). I would offer the breast more than formula and try to gradually come away from the formula as you’re more confident in your own supply. Just remember your supply probably won’t go up unless your actually offering baby the boob. The fact baby has a good latch puts you in a good position. Good luck xx

Thank you, I will definitely do that. This definitely gave me some hope ❤️ esp since he’s actually latching again he’s taken less formula today then before so I’m hoping that is a good sign 🤗

No worries! Definitely sounds like a good sign. Just remember your supply won’t just magically go up, you have to give your body a reason to make the milk (I.e have baby suckling constantly) 💕

Thanks for the reassurance, I definitely needed it. I’m glad he started latching again ☺️ I’ll make sure to latch every chance I get!

We went through the same thing with our son and not to cause fear bc everyone is different but my supply never went up. My son latches and is only breastfed when I’m home with him but what he takes in a bottle due to having adjusted to the formula calories is not anywhere near what I produce. When he goes to daycare he gets 4 7oz bottles (he’s 7 months now) and that’s 5oz of formula and 2oz of breast milk and then we do one full formula bottle right before bed. I only pump at work at this point because I was KILLING myself trying to increase my supply. I did everything, power pumped, water, protein, oats, every supplement on the market. I’ve learned to come to terms and accept that he still gets 8-10oz of breast milk a day. He is still getting the benefits of breast milk and breast feeding and even though my body is not producing enough while pumping he is fed and he is happy and growing! I wish someone would have shared this experience with me because I went crazy feeling inadequate.

Thank you for your honestly & story. I struggled with my first 8 years ago I wasn’t nearly as informed as I am now but if I just end up having a low supply at least I know I tried everything in my power.

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