I am doing everything I can!!
I have a 3.5 month old DD, and I returned to work yesterday. Over last weekend my lo started wanting to nurse every 2 hours and quit sleeping well at night. I assumed it was a little growth spurt and was normal, and I would adjust to her demand. She is becoming increasingly fussy at the breast as well.
Yesterday she got 2 bottles at daycare, one was 5 oz and the other was 4.5oz. Over the same time I only pumped 7oz. I pump every 2 hours for 15-20 min and I only get 1.5oz from both breasts. (I only get 0.5oz on the left, and 1oz on the right). I immediately increased my water intake to over 4 liters a day. Today, I started taking Fenugreek 3x/day and drinking mother's milk tea 4x/day. If I drink any more fluid I am going to float away!! In the evenings I started cluster feeding, and I nurse DD every hour or so until she goes to sleep. She wakes every 3 hours to nurse at night.
I asked daycare to try and see if she will go longer than 3 hours between feedings and give smaller portioned bottles. Today daycare gave one 4oz bottle and one 3.5oz bottle, but I only got 6oz today. So far today I have nursed/pumped 7 times and will probably nurse at least 3 more times tonight. I am doing everything that I have read on kellymom and LLLi website.
Also, I don't have hardly any stock in the freezer. I had a hysterectomy in November and I had to use a bunch of it. Plus, prior to surgery, I easily pumped 3-4 oz when I needed to pump. Post-hysterectomy, I almost lost my supply completely. I thought it was just stress from surgery but now I'm not sure my supply ever really recovered.
So how long will it take to see an increase, or am I doomed ?? Sometimes I worry that the hysterectomy completely screwed up my system