Anyone have advice for a mom with a low milk supply and how to increase it? My dd will be a month old on Nov. 5. I thought she was eating well but became concerned when it appeared she wasn't gaining weight last week. A trip to the pediatrician confirmed my suspicions and she had lost a pound since birth. I met with a bf specialist at the pediatrician's office and she has been working with me to improve my supply. My routine is to nurse dd every two hours (10-15 minutes each breast), supplement with formula or ebm after nursing, and then pump. (This often leaves me about 45 minutes until the next feeding...which leaves me little time to eat, shower, or even nap.)
I worked at this very hard this past weekend... I didn't leave the house for two days. From talking with the consultant on Monday, it sounds as though I am only producing about a third of what dd needs in breast milk...she gets the rest from formula.
My question is to others who have had similar trouble....how long does one follow this routine in order to see results? Is it possible that I may never get a good milk supply? If so, then what do I do? Is there something wrong with me that caused my supply to either never come in fully or to be so low? I'm checking out my options before my next visit to the doctor and want to see what others in situations similar to mine have done.
It breaks my heart to think that I am not producing enough bm to feed my dd and make her satisifed. I want to be able to bf exclusively, but I don't know if I can continue the rigorous routine. (I have been working on this for almost a week now.) I want what is best for my baby, but I also realize if I continue this routine, I don't spend any time with dh and our 4-year-old.
Any advice or suggestions will be helpful. Thanks.