Originally Posted by Alenushka
I would start mixing formula with BM in a bottle from day one so she can get used to the taste right away and gain weight from the start.
That's a thought. My kids tend to start out gaining weight OK. It's a little slow, but definitely within the normal range. It's just that by 6 months my supply starts to decrease, and by 9 months it is nearly gone and their weight starts to drop. With my last one it was more severe than with the other 2, but even so, it is not ideal.
Originally Posted by Megan73
I would try renting a Medela Symphony. It did seem to get out more milk than my PIS.
But pumping isn't the only thing to do to increase supply. Have you tried taking domperidone? Have you had your babes checked for tongue tie?
The book The Nursing Mother's Guide to Making More Milk has some great ideas.
Yes, I tried everything!! My youngest is 4.5 now, but there is not anything out there I didn't try. We saw at least 10 lactation consultants, nutritionists, geneticists, cardiologists, therapists, I tried every single thing that is supposed to boost your supply, and we saw a gazillion specialists trying to figure out why she wouldn't grow or meet her milestones. Sorry to be crabby, but I did it ALL. I was not going to give up. And when everything failed, I tried formula, which was completely refused. I've been wondering if it is even worth trying to breastfeed this time around since there is a clear pattern with me that for the first 4-6 months things are OK (usual issues, thrush, mastitis, jaundice, latch stuff, all resolvable) and then my period comes back and my supply disappears. I thought that if I was able to express any milk, maybe I could boost my supply, or possibly save it in the freezer for after my supply goes away. A commercial pump did nothing for me, so I was wondering if a hospital grade might be worth the effort.