I am an extended BFing, baby-wearing, co-sleeping mom who nursed my first two for around 2 years (weaned themselves). I had hyperlactation with both. They were preemies and I was advised to pump and pump by lactation to ensure adequate milk. I did, but had problems with repeated engorgement and with #2, with mastitis/blocked ducts. BG #3 is 5 months old and has always been small (a 35 weeker, too). MD has been fine with her low weight/percentiles, but she has fallen off the chart in the last 6 weeks. She has plenty of wet diapers each day. Poops infrequently, which is strange compared to my other two but seems to be her own pattern. I did not pump much with her, due to lack of time and not wanting to have repeats of previous problems. Lots of stress in my world, as husband took and out-of-town job when baby was 4 weeks and we put our house on the market, not expecting it to sell quickly. It sold in 9 days and created a wild ride for me with childcare, packing, and finding a new place to live. The new place didn't work out and we had to move in with my parents who do not support any natural childcare practices, including BFing. I'd be lying if I said I get much sleep and I eat, but not as much as I should. I do drink lots of water. These are factors that I cannot change much right now. We will be moving in 3 weeks to our new home but I'm fearful it'll be too late to make a difference.
Going to get her weighed at BF support group tomorrow to see what her intake is but, honestly, I dread it. Now that I have stepped back and seen what is happening, I realize she isn't getting enough. I have tried some herbal supplementation, some homeopathic remedies, and am now pumping after EVERY FEED (which time-wise with 2 older is a complete challenge). I get nothing when I pump, which I kind of expected post-feeding, but also haven't seen a big jump in my supply during feeds. Lactation stated if this doesn't improve supply after 72 hours, I may have lost my milk. I am so devastated as my 72 hours is nearing and I have still had to supplement with frozen milk over the last few days.
I will continue supplementing with the small amount of milk I have frozen and try not to regret not pumping. If I do have to start formula, can anyone tell me what kind they use? I have no idea how this works and all my BF books are packed up! Any others had low supply that came back later after pumping etc? Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated--TIA. I need some encouragement here.