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Location: Jacksonville, FL
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My 9wo DD has breastfed like a champ from the very beginning. She had a good latch and I had no supply problems. She's accepted the occasional bottle with pumped milk since about 3 weeks.
I went back to work two weeks ago, three days a week for seven hours a day. I pump once during the working day, right in the middle. She stays with my MIL, and after a day or two she was ok with taking 2-3 bottles a day from Granny.
I've noticed in the last few days that a) my supply is dwindling and b) her latch hurts. Last night DH actually had to give her a bottle of pumped milk to get her to sleep - I had fed her but she was really aggressive at the breast, as if she starving, and after about ten minutes on each side it hurt so much I had to stop. Then she drank about 3oz from the bottle and fell right to sleep, so she must have not been getting enough.
She STTN so I am very full in the mornings. Typically I feed her and then I am still able to pump 5oz. This morning I fed her (it still hurt) and was only able to pump 3oz afterwards. I've also noticed that last week I could pump 5oz in 15 minutes and this week it's taking closer to 30 minutes to get that much, if I can get that much at all.
I'm a pretty laid-back mom; not much gets me upset or worried as long as DD is breathing. I can live with the painful latch if I have to, but the thought of not making enough milk to feed my baby is very upsetting. Please give me some ideas!
Lisa ~ wife to Daniel ~ mama to Claire, born July 2009 (IVF baby!)