Today, 04:43 PM
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
What you want to do is entirely possible. With the proper stimulation, you can produce milk again even if you are starting with a completely dry breast (or breasts) and you aren't nursing. The fact that you can still get drops from the left and have a nursing baby- those are huge assets!
Here's what you want to do, in order to get the left side producing again:
1. Start removing milk from that breast as often and as thoroughly as possible. If the baby will nurse, great. If not, pump or hand express on that side. In general, pumping with a high quality electric pump with properly sized shields will be the best way to get milk out, though some moms find they have better luck with hand expression or even a manual pump. Try both approaches! When it comes to frequency, aim to pump as often as possible. 8-10 pump sessions per 24 hour period would be ideal but given the demands of life, there will probably be days when you don't reach that ideal. Don't worry- anything you do, even if it's just one pump session per day- is going to be better than nothing!
2. Try to get the baby nursing ASAP, even if there's no milk there. If she will latch without the shield, that is probably best, in terms of stimulating milk production.
3. Be cautious with the formula supplements. Topping a baby off with a large amount of formula can lead to decreased nursing frequency, and you want this baby to be hungry and ready...