My baby is just over a month old now, I started breast feeding right after delivery, everything was going fine the first couple days, then xmas eve night I was up all night with her none stop nursing and she was still hungry screaming (my milk didnt come in yet) so I cracked and gave her an oz of formula and she went right to sleep. thats how it went until my milk came in a couple days later. everything was going good i was nursing every 2-3 hours and able to pump a little inbetween feedings. then my milk supply dropped to where i had to start giving formula again, so i stopped nursing and just pumping every two hours, and i was only able to get an oz to an oz and a half all together, everyday im giving her more and more formula no matter how often i pump, i even nurse then pump and give her formula to keep her not hungry. today i nursed her at 4pm and had to give her almost 3 oz of formula after, 2 and a half hours later i go to pump and i got no milk out of my right breast and only a half a oz out of my left. I really wanted to only breast feed no formula and i dont know what to do.
Pumping is not an indicator of how much you are producing. While she will still nurse you need to cut out ALL bottles and offer the breast all the time. Look for early cues of hunger - rooting, yawning, fussing, putting hands to mouth and offer her the breast.
Why did you start pumping at all? Unless you're going back to work soon there's really no need at all and it just hinders Breastfeeding.
If you have any more questions, post them in the Breastfeeding thread, it's in the parents with infants forum.
Unless you need to go to work in the near future stop pumping. A pump doesn't stimulate milk production nearly as well as a nursing baby will and supplementing with formula will only hurt your attempts to breast feed even more. You need to get her to the breast as often as you can. It will be pretty difficult for a while until your supply regulates and she may seem like she's unsatisfied and hungry all the time for a good month. But that's natural, as long as she is having wet/dirty diapers she is fine it's just her way of telling your body to make more milk. In order to salvage your nursing relationship you NEED to cut out the bottles and have her at the breast every chance you get.
You can also try fenugreek to help up your supply and make sure you are drinking TONS of water.
Quoting Sofia's Mummy♥:" Pumping is not an indicator of how much you are producing. While she will still nurse you need to cut ... [snip!] ... Breastfeeding. If you have any more questions, post them in the Breastfeeding thread, it's in the parents with infants forum."