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I had surgery when my youngest was 9 months old (hospitalized for 5 days with pancreatitis, then gallbladder surgery). I had never pumped before, and my supply took a HUGE dive.
Add to this, my baby wasn't a huge comfort nurser, and he had always been on a routine (since birth) of just nursing after he woke up. That week, he dropped from 3 naps to 2. So, when I got home from the hospital, he wanted to nurse 4 times a day, plus once a night. Not enough.
I added back nursings before naps, as well as after. That upped us to nursing 6 times a day. I also added another night feeding (I woke him at 5am, to get one drowsy feed in). So, he was nursing 8 times in a 24 hour period. That was enough to get my supply back in about 10 days.
I did have to supplement a little bit during those 2 weeks, and I chose to use whole milk. Well, not much of a choice. My child refused to drink formula.