Sorry that this is long, I just need to vent.
I am a full-time working mom who's DH is a SAHD. DS is 10.5 months old and I plan to BF until at least 18 months, and then we'll go from there.
However, ever since DS turned 6.5 months and started solids, I have struggled to bring home the amount of BM from pumping at work that DS drinks while I'm gone. Sometimes I struggled before he started solids. I would barely bring home what he ate while I was gone, even when he was very young.
And the last month + has been even worse. I got my first PP cycle a month ago and then got another one two weeks ago.
I know all the things to do to increase BM supply, but since I'm working and can't be hooked up to a pump all day long, nothing seems to be working.
Here's what I do:
-Drink only water - all.day.long!!
-Tried Fenugreek - didn't work
-I'm trying the tincture type of More Milk Plus right now (at least 2.5+ weeks, and it's not working at all).
-I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day (except the past 3 days)
Here's my facts:
-DS STTN and I pump around 9:30 or 10:00 pm, and then once I get to work around 8:30 am
-Before DS was on solids, I used to get 5-6oz out of my right breast for my first morning pump
-During the night (before STTN) I would feed DS from the left breast b/c it was easier for me to hold him on the left side and to not switch him to the right. This allowed for me to get 5-6 oz out of my right when I got to work. I would get about 3+ oz out of my left even if I had just nursed at 5:30-6:30 am.
-DH gives DS two 6-7 oz bottles while I'm at work. I can't pump 12-14oz while I'm at work (I never have been able to pump 14 oz while at work, ever).
-I now bring home about 4-6 oz from three pumping sessions at work.
-Lately, since my PP periods, I dropped to BARELY 3 oz from each breast for my first pumping session when at work. But the past week it's dropped to just 2 oz. Then if I've nursed DS before work from my left breast, I only barely get 1oz from the left and barely 2 oz from my right.
-DS is in the very distractable stage, and has been for at least 2 months now. He'd rather look around the room and "talk" to the ceiling fan or other objects in the room, instead of nursing for a while - even on the weekends.
I'm SO discouraged!! I know all the right things to do. I need DS's sucking stimulation. But it's hard being a full-time mom. And then when I get home at 5:00 to nurse him, sometimes he's barely interested and I have to make him nurse. But even so he only nurses for about 1 min to 5 min.
I saw the video (posted in the above sticky) about massaging breasts while pumping. Duh - why didn't I think of that before!!! It worked for my pumping session last night. And I was excited for my first pumping session today at work, but it didn't work this morning. This morning I barely got 1.5 oz from each breast (3oz total). The massaging didn't work as well this morning and I'm so discouraged and sad. I pump for 20-35 minutes each time.
We now, will definitely have to supplement with formula for DS since our freezer stash is now gone, b/c he eats 12-14 oz while I'm gone at work. And from 4 pumping sessions in a day, I barely pump out 7-9 oz!
I'm not sure what to do since I feel like as a working mom I'm doing everything that I can do. I'm fortunate enough to be about to pump 20-40 minutes at a time while at work, b/c other working moms may not have that luxury sometimes.
I know that I could wake up at about 3-5 am and add a pumping session then. But I want to know why my body can't keep up with DS without adding a mid-night pumping session. Why am I barely getting 4 oz total for my first morning session when DS eats 6-7 oz for his first bottle.
Is 6-7oz bottles too much for a 10 month old that also eats 3 solid food meals a day?