I am wondering what the range is for how long it takes to know wether a woman's milk is "coming in" and wether her natural supply will be sufficient on it's own, benefit from behavior change/pumping, or insufficient altogether when the issue is insufficient glands?
Personally, I am OK with ambiguity and letting nature take it's course, but I am switching health insurance providers 2 weeks after my due date because I will no longer be eligible for that group insurance plan. My new plan doesn't cover maternity care, and even if it did, I'll be starting over with a new, unmet deductible.
I want to take advantage of my current, very good plan for getting a breast pump, but I don't want to get one until I know what I am facing. If I need a hospital grade pump because there's hope for having enough production, I want to wait for that, (which will require a prescription) but I don't know how long that will take to determine, and I am worried that I'll go past my "deadline" for having it covered. I can get a $200-300 level electric ahead of time, but then receive no aid towards the $1,500 hospital grade purchase or rental.
Any thoughts from mamas who've experienced low supply, especially if due to insufficient glandular tissue? Is it a matter of days, weeks or longer to know wether you have enough of a supply and when you start trying pump stimulation?