Good morning LLLadies!
First, I would like to extend my gratitude to all of you I would not still be breastfeeding at this point if it hadn't been for my obsessive reading of all of the amazing advice here during my ds's early months. You have given me a great gift of knowledge, and I've passed that on to my ds in the form of mommy's milk for the last 10.5 months. Thank you all so very much
Unfortunately, I've now found myself in a precarious position, and I need some personal advice because I am not willing to give up without a fight. I am finding that I am no longer able to pump enough to supply my son with enough milk while I am away at work.
ds is 10.5 mos, weight is around 21lbs (triple his birthweight)
I use a Lansinoh Affinity pump (I have replaced the valves and checked for further mechanical malfunction, but everything seems to be in working order).
I typically pump twice during my workday and on the opposite breast that I'm feeding during most feeds at home. I used to get between 4-5 ounces, sometimes more during each pumping...during the last month it has steadily declined...on Friday, between two sessions/both breasts, I came home with 1.5oz I take fenugreek (4 pills/3x a day), do breast compressions, nurse on demand when I am home, and hand express after pumping.
DS has been regularly ingesting solids since about 8.5 months, but still prefers mommy's milk to anything.
There is no chance that I am pregnant. I had a mirena inserted 8wks postpartum. Two months later, my body rejected it, and it had to be removed. I have been using Nuvaring ever since, with no supply issues until recently. I do have spotting, but I never had a regular af for the three years leading up to my pregnancy, so I don't think the return of af has anything to do with the dip in my supply.
I am currently without medical coverage, but thankfully, I am able to provide coverage for my son.
I am desperate. I would do anything to avoid formula supplementation at this stage of the game, we've come this far without it. This is breaking my heart. I would appreciate any and all advice that you ladies can offer. Thank you for taking the time to read my book