I need some serious help in bringing my supply WAY up. Heres the scooop,
DD is 3 1/2 weeks old, EBF with bottles of pumped milk given by dad a couple times a day
I had a very difficult but completely natural delivery of a sunny side up baby (recovery from that took 2 weeks)
8 days after giving birth I got a nasty case of Mastitis in my right breast and I was put on antibiotics for 10 days
I plan to pump full time for another baby whose mom cannot produce, she is due in 5 short weeks and I am looking to play catch up
For the first week I was pumping an additional 6+ ounces of milk per day for the recipient baby and freezing it. But I ended up discontinuing the pumping for a period of time due to being so sick from the mastitis.
Up until a few days ago I had almost no appetite and wasn't eating nearly enough calories to sustain breastfeeding 2 babys, however in the last few days I have been forcing myself to eat hungry or not just to get the calories in.
I have been drinking plenty of water all along and making sure I take my vitamins.
I have never had a supply issue while breastfeeding my other 2 children.
I do have hypothyroidism which I do take medication for.
I have a great Medela PISA that I have been using all along.
In the last week or so my supply has diminished to the point that I am pulling bottles from the freezer to feed our daughter on occasion because I am simply not producing enough for her much less a second child.
I did buy Fenugreek a few days ago and it has helped somewhat, for instance I was able to pump 2 oz from 1 breast this morning which is a big deal, while previous to the mastitis I could have pumped 4 oz from one breast if I hadn't nursed on that side for several hours.
I haven't been pumping on a schedule of any sort because I was very sick during the first 2 weeks postpartum with colds and mastitis, and we also had people in and out of our house constantly trying to help me out with our 3 girls while I healed from my very difficult OP birth.
I am wondering what the problem could be?
Could it be the supplemented bottles of pumped milk?
Am I not pumping often enough? I empty my breast but they just aren't filling back up.
Does the actual time spent at the pump make a difference or is just emptying the breast enough? DD is a speed eater and doesn't spend any time at the breast just nursing for the fun of it. When she is done she is done and if she isn't hungry she won't have anything to do with the breast, she just clenchs her little mouth shut.
I know DD is thriving because she constantly soaks her cloth diapers, is gaining weight, and is almost never fussy except when my breasts are empty and shes looking for chow.
Starting today, now that things have settled down at my house I have set a timer to pump for 15 minutes every 2 hours on 1 breast while EBF from the other, tomorrow I was going to do the same and just pump from the opposite side. I am trying to avoid constantly having to supplement with bottles.
I am looking for any tips from others who have experience with pumping. TIA ladies