I know some women just won't let down for the pump, since the mechanism is so different from the baby's jaw/tongue. I --have-- let down for a pump before though, I used to be ok pumping when she was little, so I think right now it's mostly my body not being used to it, and supply. I have enough for her. But my body (as it should) produces just enough for her, and since she never goes long without nursing, I haven't found any time when there's actually excess to pump out. So I pump for 10 minutes and get literally just a couple drops. I had one pumping session the other day that felt like I was actually getting a good letdown and should be a nice amount of milk... and then I looked down and there was like 1/3 of an oz. I was like ohhh. Well that's a confidence killer! lol.
I've never been able to hand express more than a few drops either. You know how women talk about how the baby popped off, and they sprayed across the room? Stuff of myths to me! lol Even when I had a really good supply when she was little, I've never had my milk letdown like that.
That said, I mean I definitely haven't given up either. I'm going to try a couple of the supplements, upping my water intake, oatmeal, all those things. I'm also going to change out a couple of the fittings in my pump and see if maybe they're just worn. I know I did let down for this pump before though, so I'm trying to stay positive that I can again... I'm just realizing that it's not going to happen in time for me going back to work next week. So in the meantime, I need something to get her through. I guess I'm more looking for something to offer as a 'comfort' item, rather than nutritional, like MW was tlaking about. I'm expecting that she'll pick up her nursing even more while I'm home, plus she'll be eating solids while I'm gone. It's just more something to offer for comfort to help her go to sleep, etc. I don't know if that makes sense?
I'll have to look into goats milk availability here.