Thank you so much for the suggestions.
I have smaller nipple shields that I have used a couple times. I notice a bit less milk when I do that. The regular size is just a bit smaller than my areola, so when it's pumping all of it gets sucked in. I think that's about right?
Great suggestion on the timing. That does make a lot of sense. I usually don't pump much past when I don't see milk coming out. Usually a few minutes longer and then I call it quits. Next time I'll set it aside a few minutes and try again.
I have only really had a few yeast infections in my life. I think it was during my pregnancy with ds. However, that would be just about my luck, adding one more thing to deal with. I got some probiotics today that I added in to my gigantic pill regiment.
I hate pills, but now I find myself taking 9 Fenugreek, 4 antibiotic, 1 probiotic, 1 iron pill, and 1 prenatal pill a day. And then my tea, which really seems to be doing something.
Today she had NO formula!
I had pumped a couple ounces last night, so I had that. I nursed her this morning and noon and she was perfectly content. Then this evening we were out shopping. I nursed her a bit before we went in to the store and she got a little fussy when we'd been in there a few minutes, so I grabbed the 2 ounces of bm I had. I gave her that and she was great. Then we went to eat. I nursed her a very quick first letdown only on both sides and then we went in to the restaurant. I had her in the ring sling and she was wide awake and happy as can be through the whole meal. She did suck on her pacifier for awhile, but more just because she likes to suck. She flat out refuses to use that as a substitute when she wants to eat. She will spit it out and demand that she get fed.
We got home tonight and she had a nice long session from the left side (my "good" side that produces 2-3 times what the right does) and then I changed her for bed. I was going to nurse her to sleep, but my mom brought the older kids home and I was dealing with getting them to bed and taking care of the dogs and then my incision. Dh took her to bed and right now they're cuddled up fast asleep. Guess she didn't need the right side after all.
Thank you all SO much for the advice, support, and outlet. I really needed someone to tell me that we were doing okay and to give me "btdt" stories about increasing supply. We're not where I want to be yet, but a day without formula and with long periods of being contently awake is so awesome!