I exclusively breastfed my daughter to 10 months with a minimal goal of 18 months. Two weeks ago she was hospitalized for five days for severe failure to thrive. The first thing the doctors did was tell me I could no longer breastfeed. This has been devastating to me. She always had enough wet diapers, enough poopy diapers, etc. They did find in the hospital that she wouldn't even gain weight on formula until they concentrated it. So, she is on concentrated formula.
I fought the doctors on breastfeeding (but realize my daughter obviously needed to grow) and we talked about me nursing her 3-5 minutes per day. She is now not latching on (sometimes I can get her to latch when she first wakes and she will nurse for a couple of minutes).
My question: I haven't been pumping. I am starting to now and not even getting an ounce when I try. I was debating if I should pump (going through depression and hormone crashes from such abrupt weaning and hospital stress). I now want to pump but do not have a lot of time. I have four kids and my oldest is five- and I homeschool.
So... since I typically only have time to pump in the evenings what is the best way to do it? Should I try to take fenegreek to get my milk supply back up? Will that work with pumping? Ideas? Suggestions?
I pumped for my premature son who never would latch on for 11 months but I pumped every 3 hours even through the night. I don't have time for that now so I am not sure how to try to get my daughter as much milk as possible with as little pumping as possible. My goal is to pump in the mornings as well but so far I haven't been able to work it in. Most mornings I don't even have time to brush my teeth with all my little ones
I would love some ideas or suggestions. Thanks.