I have a 9 day old baby. I tried nursing in the hospital and she wasn't getting enough and was jaundiced. When we got home, I ended up switching to pumping after a few bad attempts and a hungry baby. We got into a great rhythm and all was going well but I wanted to give nursing one more try. I did it for 24 hrs and it went better than expected but I just hate it. I love every min with my daughter except when nursing and my husband enjoyed getting to feed her and being more hands on so I switched back to pumping yesterday at noon.
I have the Pump and Style Advanced and it is essentially brand new. My insurance paid for it in Oct 2010 when my twins were born at 25 weeks. I used the hospital's pumps until they both passed away and then just used mine to wean off of it.
When I switched back yesterday it was going well. However, sometimes I get a letdown right after the stimulation phase and other times its much later, like 10 min or so in. I pump every 2 hr 15 min for 10 min with massage and then pause it massage for a few sec and start again but mostly skip the stimulation phase and do another 5 min. When I do have a late letdown I'm sure to go 5 min afterwards before stopping. Occasionally I get a 2nd let down.
Last night, after several normal sessions I couldn't get a let down. I only got 0.25 oz and I was getting between 1.5 and 2oz. The next session I couldn't get one either and got 0.5 oz out. The 3rd session I got 1.5 oz but again, no letdown, it was all b/c I was full and massaging. So there was really no hind milk in those three. Then my next one I got a late let down and it was huge and I got 4 oz. I've had one more session and it was fairly normal, my letdown started right away and I got about 2 oz and then got a 2nd letdown with about another 0.5oz.
Is it normal to have some that don't letdown or that letdown late? What can I do to change this??
I've been taking 2 fenugreek 3x per day and I'm also on antibiotics right now and I don't know how those are affecting my supply.