My LO is 13 months old and in daycare. She usually gets 3-4 bottles per day (7.5-10oz) at daycare, and then nurses on demand when she is home. She also eats three meals a day, plus snacks. I have been struggling pumping to keep up with her over the last few months, have tried all the herbs and non-prescription galactagogues (oatmeal, MLMMP, Mother's Milk Tea, Shatavari) with only marginal results and have been barely ekeing out enough milk to get by, with occasionally dipping into my frozen milk. I have only 2 days worth of frozen milk left.
Over the last two weeks, my LO was sick and barely nursing, then I was sick and then I got my period. Since my period started, I have almost NO milk at all. Today is the last day of my period - normally I would be rebounding by now, but I have even less milk. Yesterday, I only pumped 4 oz. Today, I was only able to pump 2.5 oz over my three pump sessions (I normally would get about 7 oz). My baby is a pretty lazy nurser, and if the milk isn't right there, she won't work for it. So, she is latching for only a minute and then popping off because there is no milk. This isn't helping the problem any. We do cosleep and she does not sttn.
I am NOT ready to wean and I don't believe my baby is either, despite her laziness.
So. My questions.
1) Is there anything I haven't thought of to increase my supply?
2) DD has never had formula or any other supplementation. What can I put in her bottles if I have no more EBM to give her? Should I just not send the bottles if I don't have them?
3) I feel really bad about this. Really, really bad. I don't want to wean and I would feel especially sad to do it so abruptly. How can I help myself feel better about the situation?
Thanks in advance for any helpful feedback.