Fast forward 3 months. I'm slowly rebuilding my milk supply - it only seems to come in on the right, any ideas why? I've been hand expressing but I'm not getting much when I hand pump on either side, and I can't afford a pump.
Also, I'm finding that bfing is making the formula schedule wacky - he either always wants to eat or he never does. The goal is to eliminate formula feeding eventually, but I'm pretty sure I'm not producing enough for him to be satisfied yet. Does anyone have any ideas on evening the feeding out? I'm bfing apx every hour to hour and a half, and offering a bottle every 3-4.
Thanks for any help you guys have!
Check out www.kellymom.com for great info on breastfeeding.
answers a lot of supply related questions.
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If you have health insurance, they most likely cover the cost of a breastpump due to the new healthcare laws. If you don't, depending on what "can't afford it" means, you may qualify for assistance from WIC: Women, Infants and Children, who will also give you a pump to stimulate supply and access to low-cost or free lactation consultants. If your income isn't that low, then maybe a splurge on a mid-level electric pump is doable with some planning. It might be cheaper in the long run to increase your supply than to keep having to buy formula.
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As others have suggest a LC, which can be the best option if that is available/affordable to you - if you cannot afford this option, I'd look into a local La Leche League - you can often get the same advice from their leaders.