I am almost positive I have a low milk supply. My daughter will latch and sometimes I won't have letdown for over 5 minutes of sucking. At times she will get frustrated and cry because she isn't getting milk. My left breast seems to be a lower supply than my right. When I do have letdown she will actively nurse and suck, swallow for maybe 30 seconds and then stop. I have to do compression to keep her sucking and even then she doesn't actively suck. She falls asleep at the breast within minutes of starting to nurse. I do switch nursing a lot to keep her awake, I tickle her, I use compressions, etc. She doesn't actively suck unless the milk is flowing into her mouth. I will let down several times...sometimes like four or five on my right breast, but my left it is rare to get more than two. After the first letdown she will only suck for a few sucks and swallows before stopping. When I pump after nursing I get only drops and rarely get more than 1/4 ounce total...if that. I've been feeding her every 2 hours...I will start a feed and let her nurse as long as she wants on the one side doing all the 'tricks' to keep her nursing and then burp and change diaper and feed the other side. She rarely seems content and satisfied at the breast. I have to feed on each side multiple times...sometimes 3 each...to get her satisfied. It takes about an hour to feed her. Then she is awake within 30 minutes to feed again...sometimes an hour, but usually less.
My breasts are always soft. I can hand express milk and she does swallow, so I know she is getting something, but I don't think it is enough. I tried taking Fenugreek and it did increase my supply, but gave me terrible diarrhea and uterine cramping. I'm scared to take it again. I have pumped after a nursing session, but then she wants to eat so frequently that by the time I finish pumping I only have 15 minutes to half hour before she wants to eat and my letdown is slower after pumping and trying to nurse so soon afterward. She gets frustrated a lot at the breast and crys and sometimes refuses to latch.
I have large montgomery tubercles around my nipples. They are HUGE and cause my nipple to be hard to latch with her small mouth. The LC told me it may take time for her mouth to get bigger for her to get a deeper latch. She does transfer milk, but not sure how well she is transferring it. I'm wondering if I should pump to increase my supply and if so, how would I do it. Do I feed my LO and then pump immediately for 15 minutes. I know my supply is low. I know everyone on this site is all about nursing as much as baby wants to, but honestly with my personality I can't nurse 24/7. I need a break to take a shower and go to the doctor and take care of my other three kids. Right now I don't leave the bedroom hardly at all. It is difficult to even eat enough because I'm constantly nursing. I'm sure this is 'normal', but I need a bit of a break. What can I do to get my supply built up?