I have a great milk production rate when I want to. If I work really hard at it I can make a lot and I do mean a lot of milk, yesterday I made a new record and I bottled over 41 of US fluid ounces as well as giving 4 full feeds...great, right?
Weellll, not so much because in order for me to do that, I have to express express express express express. I am pumping and nursing and manually expressing and hand expressing around the clock every say, 40 min to 2 hrs when I am awake and I sleep for only 2-3 hours at a time in naps. It's been like this for a good while now. Months back I used to be able to sleep for a max of 4 hours once in a great while and express a little less often and soforth but it was because my son was eating less. All the sudden now my 6 1/2 month old, who is stick thin (he's very muscular, not unhealthy looking at all, just TALL [in 12 month old baby clothes] and a flag pole) is chuggalugging everything in me. Exclusive breastfeeding is out of the question becuase of a variety of reasons, my letdown comes out in a SPRAY sometimes and my son was puking every time he nursed when we tried to do it that way and then there's the fact that he gets hungry every time I try to go to sleep (hey Dad, can you take over for a bit? kthxbye! lol) and I have super super sensitive nipples so despite that he has a good latch and ect ect if he nurses too frequently it starts to hurt. Maybe the spit drying my skin out I speculate? Dunno. Anyway. Doesn't work out well.
In order to keep my supply upp I have to work that hard...and I have tried slowing it down to see if it stays up and it does not. Why?? Other people tell me that theirs will stay up once they've "got it up", why won't mine do the same...and how can I change it...I'm exhausted, and I flat out REFUSE to stop lactating, nursing ect and formula=the f word to me so I'd rather be miserable and make my family healthy if I have to...but if there's a way I can have my cake and eat it too???