Will I ever figure this out?? This post is going to be a bit of a brain dump and if you have any suggestions at all- I am all ears, seriously.
Ok let's start at the beginning- if you've been reading for any period of time, you know Emily had/has reflux and colic. This made breastfeeding hard because I began to feel like I was causing these problems. She would scream when she ate, after she ate, when she wasn't eating. If I was holding her, she would cry for the boob- all. the. time. She never slept because she was always crying. She had gas so I tried to quit eating dairy, gassy veggies, tomatoes, etc. I felt like I couldn't eat anything and worried all the time that I was causing her to be in this much pain. Any time she nursed she would let the milk run out the side of her mouth and I would end up with a lap full of milk at the end. I wasn't sure if this was a latch problem or just her being lazy. But again, I was worried that she wasn't getting enough food because she always seemed hungry.
So I caved, I started giving her formula. She ate it with no problem but still wanted to nurse, so we did both. Mostly nursing during the day and giving formula at night.
Then the move came and my supply basically went away. She wanted to nurse but I didn't think she was getting enough so I gave her more and more formula until that was all she was getting. I felt terrible, and I still do because I feel like she wants to nurse.
Now that she has been strictly on formula she is even more gassy and has cradle cap and red, dry bumps on her face. I'm not sure if this is related to formula?
So, my questions are:
~ Can I get my supply back? I still feel the tingling every once in awhile when she is really crying and if I squeeze, drops of milk will come out. (TMI, sorry.) How can I go about doing this? More pumping, taking something? Have any of you done this?
~ If I can get my supply back what do I do about her letting milk spill out of her mouth?
~ Should I just stick to formula and try soy based to see if it makes her less gassy? Do any of you have a formula that you think is great in this situation? We have tried the "gentle" formula from both similac and enfamil, both make her gassy. Side note: When she eats from a bottle she makes a loud clicking noise with her tongue, we can't figure out how to stop this and I wonder if that is what is causing her gas issue? We use avent bottles, is there a kind that might be better?