I've posted here many times asking many questions about what I perceived is a low milk supply. Background: heavily induced labor that ended in c-section, no milk until 1.5 weeks after birth, baby lost about 1.5 lbs in the first 5 days and ped recommended supplementation which never stopped.
Now -- I was away for the last week visiting my family who have not really seen the baby yet (first grandchild), so I pumped and mixed with formula so they could feed my DS. When I pump every 2-3 hrs, I get the same amount -- about 1-2 oz. We spent some time out and about shopping, etc. and when I'd return home after 8 -10 hrs to pump, I'd get 3.5 oz.
So -- I interpret this as my body being capable of making up to 4oz of milk and store it in my breasts -- could it be that production is just SLOW? If so, how do I fix this? Empyting the breasts is NOT WORKING.
I've done that the last 2 weeks -- pump or feed every 2 hrs ... I've never been able to get into the groove of pumping after feeding as is typically recommended. 2 hrs, 3 hrs, 5 hrs -- makes no difference -- still getting only 1-2 oz with LOTS of breast massage and compressions.
I also tried fenugreek tincture. I went through a bottle in 3 days with NO INCREASE IN MILK VOLUME as evidenced by pumping amounts.
Just wondering if anyone else has had experience with this. thanks!