Originally Posted by mamanurse
I hate to say this Swirly, but maybe it's AF. My breasts/nipples hurt for about a week before AF comes. I also notice a drop in supply and pop fenugreek for the last half of my cycle.
Bah, you were so spot on with this assessment. AF returned this past weekend, while we were having a very stressful visit with my in-laws, to boot. The period, the stressful family stuff, the crappy diet, and missing two pumps while away did further damge to my supply.
I have consistently pumped 33-36 ounces for the past 5 months or so, doing 5-6 pumping sessions per day. Aurora has bad GERD and an eating aversion, so she usually only took 20-24 ounces per day. I got sick of my tiny freezer overflowing and of tossing milk, so stopped storing most of the excess not long ago too. Anyway, now all of a sudden, she is eating ~30 ounces per day, and I am making only 28-30!! Will she seriously require a supplement after all this time? I find that idea horrible, after all this time of breast milk only.
Can I increase my supply this late in the game, and if so, how? I bought fenugreek and am taking it now. I always eat oatmeal every day. I am drinking more fluids. I went back to six pumps a day after doing five for a while. I really can't add more pumps, at least not on any sort of long-term basis. My baby is *very* high needs and very active and I have no help at all, so the times I do pump when I am home alone with her make her very sad.
We have no spare money due to my staying home now, so a new pump is also not an option.
What can I do, and how soon should I see results from the Fenugreek if it works?