Hello to everybody! This is the first time I have posted to this website and I hope that with the help and support of all here that I can get some solid helpful advice for my beautiful wife and beautiful 5 month old baby girl (and myself), we are new parents!. I must admit we have been somewhat hesitant on reaching out to LLL, the principal reason being that--while we are energetic and loyal supporters of breastfeeding and other natural rearing methods--many of our acquaintances and local LLL members who are like ourselves breastfeeding parents, have an air of elitism and exclusivity towards parents such as ourselves who can't quite go "all natural" as it were. An example of that is for instance the fact that my wife must use a nipple shield in order for our little one to properly latch and feed, while it is frowned upon by the "elites" as being "artificial" and "unnatural", it is either that or immediately go to another "artificial" source such as a bottle. I am curious if there are other parents who feel as we do about these matters.
I apologize for the somewhat long-winded introduction but I felt it somewhat necessary, we just want help not condemnation. Now on to the reason I am posting; my wife has recently seen drastic reduction in her supply for the past two or so weeks and it has both of us somewhat concerned as we normally get on average 5oz per breast and have been pumping approx. every other day with our "Medela Swing" pump after each feeding to get out whatever is leftover. It seems now she is only getting 5oz between both breasts now; the milk takes much longer to come in than it used to. We have taken pregnancy tests and at this point we are not pregnant. If there isany advice on how to increase her supply or any guidance on why or what might be causing the issue, we would appreciate the help.