My twins are 3 months (chronologically), but 5 months by birth date of January 19, 2012. I have had help with breastfeeding with lactation nurses in the hospital/NICU and also by an LLL leader. I am not able to produce enough milk for them to be purely breastfed. They receive (each) about 8-12oz of formula/day. I had made the decision to try to wean them once they came home from the hospital, but it never happened (I think my mistake was to supplement them after nursing with formula thinking that my supply was not enough). While they were in the hospital, I was pumping milk for them every 2 hours (3 over night). My right breast would be dominant for production with about 1-2oz and my left would be less at about 1 oz or less. Now that my babies have been home for awhile, they nurse throughout the day and I supplement with pumped breast milk. When I put them to bed (around 6p), they are out of pumped breast milk and I nurse, then supplement with formula (which they take about 2 oz each at 6p feeding and then 2 oz at their 10p feeding). At night from 7-11 or 12, I cluster pump every hour to acquire about 6 oz of breast milk for their supplemental feeding for the next day. At night, they may wake at about 4 and I will stagger their nursing (during the day, I feed them at the same time on a nursing pillow) so I can sleep while they nurse. At the 7a feeding, I give them each 2 oz of formula with the 1ml of vitamin. I then feed them every 2 hours throughout the day (nurse them until they get frustrated) and then I supplement with the pumped breast milk. I will then pump after they have nursed to ensure I am well drained and I only will get about 5-10ml from each breast.
With this routine and my cluster pumping at night, my production still has not increased. Before the babies came home from the hospital, my pumpings would be about 1-2 oz from each breast (the left being a little less than the right). Now, with my pumpings when the babies are sleeping at night, I only get about 5-10ml??? Also, my left breast is the breast that is supplying more now and the right breast is lagging behind it.
Everything I have read says supply and demand, the more your nurse, the more you pump, the supply will come up - well, it hasn't. I drink about 2-4 liters in a day too and drink mothers milk (I used to take fenugreek, but that wasn't working at all). I still am not going to give up. I am trying my hardest to give these babies breast milk, but it seems my supply is maybe dropping and definitely not increasing. I have gotten my period twice, irregular. But I have heard that your supply increases again once your period is over? Someone else mentioned thyroid, but I have no symptoms of hypothyroidism as far as I know?
I wish with all my efforts, I could feed these babies. I so desperately want to, but it seems something is wrong.