Hi I have been breastfeeding my 11 week old from a few days after birth, with minimal formula after the first few weeks (one bottle a day). I initially took fenugreek seeds as a supplement and then switched to red raspberry leaf tea a few weeks ago after I heard that fenugreek can cause stomach problems in some infants, which my baby has a lot of (though not GERD). With both supplements, I have reduced and increased dosages when it seemed like I was tending towards over production.
However, since last week i have begun to feel my production has dropped. My baby is nursing for MUCH less time each time (though I am told it can be she is more efficient now) at about 5-15 minutes max mostly and sometimes also will drink an ounce or two of formula soon after feeding. My nanny believes she is not getting enough milk from me as she grows.
I do pump once a day when we always feed her formula at bedtime, and I pump about 4 ounces but I have noted that the pumping has gotten slower and longer. I did try to up the pumping strength but abandoned that when I thought it had made my milk blister come back (if interested, please see separate thread on "Help needed - nipple and breast pain" for details)
She feeds for much less time also at night now, and I am wondering whether she really needs the two sessions in the middle of the night or this is just habit for her at this stage? Any thoughts on that would be welcome.
I am loathe to spend another big sum of money for an LC visit to just weigh the baby before and after feeding - I do have a baby scale with an error of 10 mg that I am considering using.
I am concerned that my milk production is actually falling. I am consistently under-rested since the beginning but I figure that is par for the course. I am starting full time work in four weeks and am quite disturbed at the uncertainty on whether I will be able to feed my baby mostly or we'll eventually migrate to a LOT of formula.
Any suggestions and thoughts would be highly appreciated! Do people typically have issues at 3 months or is this unusual?