I have a 5 week old and I have breast constriction which I am told prevents me from making enough milk to EBF. I got off to an awful start thanks to terrible advice and inadequate experience/knowledge and because my son has tongue tie and upper lip tie. When he did latch he chomped and still sortable does which made my nipples a bloody scabby mess that further deterred me from feeding as often as I should have. Then of course, my son got jaundice and had a poor weight gain so the formula supplementation became necessary. I later found out my breast constriction would limit my supply...though nobody knew by how much. I began pumping at 2 weeks rendering 2&1/2 ounces in a 24 hr period. I got my output up to 4&1/2 oz in another 5 days. July 2ond, 2&1/2 weeks after my son was born I rented a hospital grade pump. I went up to 6&1/2 oz by the end of 3 days and then to 8oz and then to 10. I am now at 12oz in a 24 hr period and I know I produce more since I feed all breastmilk & formula at the breasts alternating sides at each feeding (its easier with the sns hooked up at one side in stead of switching in the middle) & whichever side he fed on before a pumping produces less than half of the other side's output. I alternate pumping with feedings in 1&1/2 hour cycles with a typical 4 hour stretch sometimes 2 times in a 24 hour period generally at night. I am taking galactagogues eating all the suggested foods am drinking plenty of fluids and trying to stay stress free & positive. I am very happy at how far my supply has come, especially since my LC said 4&1/2 may be all I could get (that was my output at the time).
I think I really screwed up my supply in the early days of nursing. I did feel engorged at day 4 and I even had a plugged duct soon after. I feel like I could have a larger output than I do even now but with my condition there is no telling.
My question is; with how things are progressing and due to the bad initial start, could I continue to produce more as he grows or will my supply level off? Does anybody have a similar experience?