Thanks again, Megan
I'm able to pump between 10 and 15 ounces a day, on most days. I had a slack day today though, as I was waiting for someone to come over to pick up the scale I had rented. I hate trying to untangle myself from a breastpump when the doorbell is ringing.
The amount I pump in a day is about to change though. One of the times I do the most pumping is in the middle of the night, when DS gets a bottle. I got rid of that bottle last night, so I'll only pump what's left after DS is done. I also pump for 10 mins on, 10 mins off, for an hour and a half every night after DS goes to bed. My pumping sessions during the day vary . . . today I didn't do any.
I started pumping the day my milk came in, and I think that has done wonders to preserve my supply (which isn't sufficient, even with Domperidone).
I've come off the Domperidone as the amount I was taking wasn't doing anything.
I just decided a week ago to get rid of the scale I was renting. DS is now doing really well weight wise, and I'll just be having him weighed once a week at the clinic from now on. The scale was really useful, and he's out of the critical zone and back up to the 50th percentile. On New Year's day he was in the first percentile . . . so we've made some really good progress as far as his health goes in the last month.
I use the large size tubing on the SNS. I wasn't, however, using the SNS according to the instructions. I was using it as demonstrated in a video on Dr. Newman's site. When I use the SNS tomorrow I'll try using it according to the instructions, and I'll see if that makes a difference.
I have an appointment at a breastfeeding clinic on Wednesday, with a doctor (Dr. Mary-Jo Woolgar,
the Breastfeeding Medical Advisor for the Calgary
Health Region) who comes highly recommended by a number of women I've spoken to. I'll be asking her where I can purchase the Lact-Aid, but I'm also going to bring my SNS for direction from her.
The LC I saw yesterday wasn't particularly helpful. She showed me the "chin pull" move, and that was about it. She also told me not to give DS any pacifiers or bottles, but in the next breath she told me to give him a bottle if I couldn't get him nursing well within 15 min
: Go figure. She didn't seem particularly interested in helping us, and she didn't listen to me very well either. She also muttered, under her breath, that this might not be fixable.
It will be nice to actually be under the care of a physician who has the goals of correcting and supporting breastfeeding.
Your words of support mean a lot to me. The position you're in now is the one I want to be in when DS is six months old.