In the matter of a week I've gone from being able to pump 6-9 oz at each session to barely 2-3 oz.
Son is 4.5 months old. At daycare he usually takes 3-4 bottles (5-6 oz) and is breastfed at home all other times. Suddenly he's struggling/pulling to breastfeed, like he's not getting enough.
Possible contributing factors:
Since baby started sleeping through the night last month, only pumping 1x at night.
Strep throat last week - exhausted.
Return of period (in month 4th?!? )
Efforts to increase volume so far:
Pumping every 2-3 hours at work and home when baby isn't breastfeeding.
Pumping after each breast feeding session. even if only getting 1/2 oz each side.
Fenugreek by the fist full (3-4 pills 3x a day per nurse advice)
Milkmaker cookies - 2 a day (expensive!)
Oatmeal for breakfast
Lots of water.
Result - no change.
I'm about out of my frozen stock and facing formula use in the next 3-4 days. I know this isn't the end of the world, but it makes me sad. I had wanted to go 12 months with breastfeeding.
I've attempted consulting a lactation consultant - she said keep doing what I'm doing, relax, it will come. Oh, and maybe come rent a hospital grade pump (I currently use the Medela Advance... which is pretty good).
My doctor has given me a prescription of Reglan - but I'm terrified to actually use it after reading all the possible side effects and the fact that it passes through breastmilk.
Any suggestions? advice? anyone else use Reglan successfully?