My daughter is 5 months old. To start out with, I had a massive oversupply, and she gained weight 2x as fast as "normal." Because of issues with reflux, we had to tone back her feedings, switching to her nursing one side at a feeding so that she would get less. I was told not to pump the extra, but to let my body adjust to what she really needed... I wish I hadn't followed this advice.
She has now only gained about 1/2lb in a month. She seems content and happy when she is with me - going 3 hours between feedings and sleeping up to 10 hours straight at night. However, at daycare, she wants up to double what I can pump while I'm away from her. The daycare provider has a 5 month old that she breastfeeds, so she is familiar with hunger cues, and she's positive my daughter is hungry and not crying for other reasons. She currently takes three 5oz bottles in the 8 hours she is at daycare, and cries when they're gone.
Over the last week, I have taken to pumping for 10 minutes after I feed her when I'm with her, and have added another 20 min pumping session while she is at daycare. I have been taking fenugreek (4 capsules, 3x/day... I stink like maple syrup), as well as Motherlove More Milk Plus capsules (4/day). To my extreme disappointment... my pumping outputs have only decreased with this new routine.
Here are the things, besides what I mentioned above, that I'm doing...
- I drink 60-80oz water a day (not counting other drinks with meals)
- I eat more than enough (gained 5lbs in the last 2 weeks, in fact)
- I look at pictures of DD when I'm pumping
- I do breast compressions/massage while pumping
- I manually express after I finish pumping to "get it all"
- I had the motor of my pump replaced (Freestyle - it was making grinding noises)
- I have boiled every piece of accessory that can be cleaned/boiled
- I got a new spare parts kit
While I am disappointed over how this is going, I don't feel overly stressed about it, so I don't think it's a stress thing. I know that if I can't make enough, I can give her formula and she will be just fine. Obviously this isn't what I prefer at all, but my point is - I'm not going to let her starve.
Is there anything else I can do? Are there things I should be avoiding that could potentially be hurting my supply that I wasn't aware of?