I am so glad to see this thread. I just finished with reading through the old thread. Wow!
With DS #1, he lost 11% and was still in a freefall after week one. He wasn't pooping, looked wrinkled, and was an extremely unhappy baby. When I saw the LC, he was only taking in about 10 ccs per feed. We went through several LCs, EPed for 5 weeks after he started refusing the breast after the 'help' of one LC, eventually got him back to the breast, worked with one of the 'rock stars' of the IBCLC world who told me I had insufficient glandular tissue, nursed with the Lact-Aid for about 4 months, and finally weaned at 15 months. It was a constant struggle. I pumped like crazy, took More Milk Special Blend the whole time, along with domperidone. Eventually I was able to get up to producing about 60% of his needs at my max, never enough to stop supplementing.
Fast forward to now. DS#2 is 2 weeks old. I was optimistic that things would be better this time around. I had an awesome unmedicated birth at a freestanding birth center and tons of postpartum help. And he was a natural at the breast. But while Reid's weight loss bottomed out at only 7%, he still had uric acid crystals on day 5 (several days after my milk was in), and went days without pooping. I cried and cried when it became clear we were going to have to supplement. We did blood tests and all of my hormonal levels are fine. I'm on the dom and MMSB again, and pumping around the clock with a Symphony. Rock star IBCLC thinks I'm just one of the unlucky few who had some hormonal issues as a teen and didn't grow much glandular tissue (I had crazy periods, and my breasts never really finished developing - typical hypoplasia look). I'm still not making anywhere near as much milk as I was at my peak with DS #1, but I do think my supply is better than it was at this point with him.
Unlike Carter, Reid is not very good with the Lact-Aid (he latches poorly, just wants to suck the tube, can't get much out, gets very frustrated, and falls asleep at the breast). I've thought about trying the SNS again, but I hated it with a passion the first time and don't want to throw my money away (we've already spent over $1000 on this in the past two weeks). I like the starter SNS well enough, but it's just not durable for long term use (we've already gone through 2). So we're supplementing with the Breastflow bottles, which are actually working pretty well for us, as much as I hate bottles.
So anyway, that's our story. I'm glad this tribe is around. I really could have used it the first time