Ok, I am at a crossroads here. My DD is 6 weeks old and we have gone through periods of exclusively breast feeding and times when we supplement with formula after feeding because she just didn't seem to be satisfied.
Currently, she will nurse from both breasts and then she will still seem like she is starving. The past few days, she's been taking 4 oz of formula AFTER breastfeeding.
I usually pump once a day when she sleeps for a long stretch, and the most I have ever pumped is 2 oz on the left and 1 oz on the right. But what I normally get is 1 on the left and 0.5 on the right.
I know baby can get more out than a pump, but how in the world am I going to increase my supply to more than 4 oz so that she can be satisfied with just breastfeeding? I would like to get her off the formula, but I definitely need to increase my supply.
I have been drinking at least 3 cups of mother's milk tea, a ton of water, and eating oatmeal daily. The only thing I'm not doing is pumping aggressively.
So my questions are:
When should I pump? Before or after a feeding?
For how long? Timed or # of minutes AFTER it stops flowing?
Also, do I really need to rent a hospital grade pump? Are they just more efficient? Is it possible to increase supply using my PIS?
Thanks in advance!!