Re: I have a preemie and I don't think I'm producing enough
Does the hospital have a lactation consultant? Can you talk to that person and make sure you have a functional kit and that the flanges fit? If you're still producing so little, I'd look at mechanical problems first. Are your white membranes (on the yellow valves) in good shape? Those can be replaced. My first hospital pump malfunctioned and I had no idea. It wasn't providing adequate stimulation, but I had no clue until a different LC came in and noticed. Fortunately, that was on the second day, not the second week. Also, I have larger nipples and needed different flanges. I eventually ended up using a different brand of shield.
Are you taking any meds? Are you by chance drinking mint tea? It takes a lot to diminish supply for some women, but I notice a supply dip with small amounts. I'm just sensitive to it. Sage can have the safe effect. Again, it's not likely, but something to keep in mind.
Lack of sleep and stress can also contribute. How long do you go at night? You don't want to go too long, but a 4-5 hour stretch of sleep is a good thing.
Mum to DS (04/07)
EPing for former 28 weeker (03/12)