I'm starting to be much more confident today- thanks to you ladies, this wonderful forum and thanks to me manning up enough to send an email to Dr. Jack Newman! I'll share the email with you ladies (just in case anyone isn't sure who he is, he's like the ultimate breastfeeding resource- very pro-breastfeeding and he really is all about growing a breastfeeding relationship with your child... I mailed him asking about making insufficient hindmilk and his response was:
I wish we had never heard of foremilk and hindmilk. All that does is cause confusion. Forget hindmilk. You cannot tell what % of fat is in the milk by checking in a container. The thinner the container, the more fat will be at the top. It’s not a question of fat, or increasing the “hindmilk”. If the baby gets more milk, he will gain faster, hindmilk or foremilk. But what does so-so weight gain mean anyway? If you are giving bottles, this is a good way to decrease the milk supply. A baby this age can drink from an open cup or have milk mixed with his solids. And if he’s eating solids, even if he doesn’t get as much milk as he might want, he should gain fine.
Well that pretty much did it for me, lol I won't question anymore, for sure. I think i'll just re-incorporate more solids (today I gave organic brown rice cereal and breast milk mixed and homemade acorn squash baby food- she loved both) and add in the breastmilk after the meal and in-between "bites" lol in fact, today the milk appeared to be thicker than usual and I theorized maybe it just takes lots of time pumping before that thicker milk really gets stimulated from the mammary glands. I'm so thankful for everyone's help- I appreciate it beyond words. I'm going to keep going like this and throw in other little tastes of other things so baby can further develop her pallet! Thanks to all!