I'm just so sad right now. I posted recently about suspecting my baby has a posterior tongue tie and the fact that he is not able to transfer milk. We're addressing that this week with a doctor.
My main problem is that my body is not making enough milk. I nursed my other babies for two years each. I had to pump for my last child for his first month of life and produced much more milk than he needed. So, I know my body knows how to make milk, and I know it knows how to respond to the breast pump.
So, what's going on now? I've been taking herbs, eating oatmeal, switched to proper flanges, but still, I'm not getting more than 2 oz per pumping session (on avg). I pump 8-10x daily, including 2-3 times at night. I pump for 15-20 minutes. My breasts are soft and drained after pumping. I eat and drink plenty. Losing baby weight is not even on my radar. And yet, my body will NOT make more milk.
[Since I started pumping 9 days ago, my total output has gone from 13 2/3 oz to 20 2/3 oz--a very small increase over such along period of time, imo.]
I know what everyone says about a baby being more efficient, etc. but I've pumped successfully before. I just can't understand why my body is failing me now! I hope. Hope. HOPE that after his tongue is released, that he'll be able to nurse and by some miracle, get my supply to where he needs it to be. But I've got to say, I'm feeling really discouraged and depressed. I hate that I have to supplement my baby with formula.
I don't know what I'm looking for. Support, encouragement, success stories, perhaps? I feel like a zombie right now. Dh and I are both so tired and we're just going through the motions until our appt. this week. :(