My daughter is now 8 weeks old and we have had quite a difficult breastfeeding journey so far. I have struggled with low milk supply and tried just about everything to resolve it as my daughter was losing weight soon after birth - it took her 4 weeks to return to her birth weight (with formula supplements) after dropping more than 10% below. I can feel that the supply has improved since I started getting acupuncture about 3 weeks ago (I was on Domperidone for 4 weeks but it didn't really work so I came off to try other options) but I notice that when expressing milk, either by hand or pump, my milk only ever comes out in one 'stream' on each side. Even when I have been able to express as much as 100ml (~3oz) it only ever comes out in one stream the whole time. On my right side it is super thin - the width of a pin prick. On my left it is marginally thicker, but still just one stream. If I express an entire feed, it takes me about 40 minutes to get 100ml (it would take my daughter an hour to get not even all of this).
I've mentioned the 'single stream' issue to three certified Lactation Consultants, I've called a Breastfeeding helpline and also spoke with a Volunteer at La Leche League, but none have heard of this before - they are all surprised that it doesn't 'spray' in more than one direction and didn't have a solution except to keep on doing what I could to boost supply.
I've worked so hard for 8 weeks to fix this and feel like there's just no point carrying on. It still takes at least an hour to feed my daughter each time and even then I still have to supplement with expressed milk or formula. When I express after a feed (I'm still trying to do this at least 2-3 times a day), I am often able to get more milk out - sometimes 20ml, sometimes as much as 50ml right after a one-hour feed... so I know there is more milk in there. But I suspect it takes so long to come out of this one tiny hole that she just can't get at it before she tires out. I feed her on both sides but it's not enough.
I just don't know what to do - I don't know why it only comes out in a single stream, and whether this is because of low milk supply (but then why do I still have up to 50mls right after a feed when I know she has a good latch and sucks well?), or whether my breasts are just built this way and there is nothing I can do about it. I can just about accept that I may have to continue supplementing now, but I'm also devastated about the possibility that I will have exactly the same experience with my next baby. If I think too much about the benefits lost to my daughter by not breastfeeding I just burst into tears!
Does anyone know anything that can help? This is my last hope before I consider throwing in the towel. Thanks so much