I apologize in advanced for this being a long post. I've been lurking for awhile trying to find help and I finally decided to post. I am a FTM and my DD will be 7 months this weekend. We've bf exclusively except for her starting solids around 6mo. I work FT and went back to work after 3 months, but fortunately my DH is a teacher so he got to be home with her until she was 5 1/2 months. Then once we started daycare everything went downhill.
First of all the dcp has a policy where they throw out any unfinished bottles after an hour...whether it's BM or formula. I fought them on it but they wouldnt budge. All summer long DD was great with 12oz while i was gone (4 3oz bottles). I'm gone 10-11 hours with my commute. She didnt always finish the full 3 oz at once but my DH was great with the BM and none ever got wasted. However as soon as we started daycare, all the sudden she's drinking 1oz and falling asleep the rest is being thrown away. I tried sending 5 2.5oz bottles to see if it helped, then 6 2oz bottles but somehow milk got thrown away everyday. Then she'd be hungry for more (b/c she needs 12 oz) so they started in on my frozen stash. Anyway thats not even what this post is about but i wanted to give a background.
After only one week at daycare, DD got sick. Then I got sick. Then my DH being a teacher got strep throat and we all got sick again. So August was terrible and it affected DD's eating habits, and I think my supply. Since labor day weekend (which i exclusively BF, no pumping) all the sudden I can't pump anymore. If I'm lucky I get 6-7 oz after 4 pumping sessions at work (double pumping). So then i've had to supplement from my frozen stash for the other 6oz. Well my frozen stash will be gone by this Thursday.
I've changed all my pump parts, I've been taking fenugreek for a week, I've always done compressions while I pump, and Ive been drinking mothers' milk tea and eating oatmeal since DD was born. And Ive been putting her to the breast as much as possible when I'm with her but she's crawling now and is "too busy" to nurse much.
I am absolutely devastated. I wanted to end nursing on our terms, not because my frozen stash is gone before I have time to work my supply back up (which probably isnt even possible now). And I know DD is going to be devastated too if I have to wean completely. I'm nervous she won't even drink formula.
I guess I just don't understand why my body isn't producing even close to enough milk. Not sure if there's much advice you can give me...this was probably just a venting session.