I am noticing that one breast has much less milk to give than the other. To build up supply, I make sure to put baby to that breast first each feeding, so that it is continually being nursed. Baby does not last long on that side, however, because I think it becomes evident that it is low on milk. The most she lasts is ten minutes, and it is a leisurely ten with not too much sucking after awhile.
To increase milk supply on that side, I want to use a pump. I just pumped right after a feeding (using an excellent hospital grade pump on a fairly high setting, looking at a picture of my beloved! : ) ), and was surprised to see only about 1/10th of an ounce be produced. I am optimistically assuming that this low output is because she fully emptied this breast, and not that it is crazy low in supply! I have had a lot of trouble with this side -- thrush, blocked breast ducts, blocked nipple ducts, rusty milk, blisters..... This is one month into breast feeding.
When is the best time/ schedule to pump to increase supply? Right after a feeding? An hour later? How many times a day? Right now she is nursing around 8-9 times a day at two or three hour intervals on average.
I would appreciate any advice.