I would like to start out by saying this is my very first post.
I have a nine week old daughter and I have managed to breastfeed her up until this point. I was recently sick with a severe case of food poison and even though I did nurse her (over the weekend while I was home) I have noticed that my supply seems to be decreasing (or thats what I think).
I work in a job that makes it difficult to pump while at work (I work in retail sales my check is based on the amount of time I am helping customers on the sales floor). I always pump when I go home for my lunch which up to this point has yielded about 4 ozs total during this pumping session. I also try to pump at 6 am and never get anything from this session. I also try and pump sometime between 7 and 9 in the evening sometimes I will get something and sometimes I wont. I always try and nurse once I get home with my daughter and overnight (co-sleeping) and in the mornings before leaving for work.
For the first couple of weeks I managed to pump enough breastmilk during those sessions to get her through most of the day at daycare with her only needing one bottle of formula. When she went for her 8 week checkup her doctor told me her weight was still low (she had a problem at birth with losing a significant amount of weight due to jauandice). She wanted me to feed during the day what she called fortified breastmilk, following the directions I was given I found that her tummy could not tolerate it and she would vomit all the fortified breastmilk back up. I have started giving her only formula at daycare now simply because I was sick and was unable to pump anything for three days.
I would like to find a way to help her gain weight or a suggestion for a better option for creating a fortified breastmilk (pediatrican was no help said I would have to stop breastfeeding and go to formula only if her weight didnt increase) that she could tolerate.
I also need some suggestions with ways to increase my supply so that I can pump enough for her for the next day with the restrictions of not being able to pump at work (I typically work from 930-6). I must add that my husband works out of town during the week and I also have a three year old at home.
I am currently using a Medela Freestyle Pump. I have tried feungreek, mother's milk tea, and reglan. I also have the worst time with drinking water I try to stay hydrated with gatorade.
Can anyone please help as I feel like I am going to be forced to give up on breastfeeding if something doesnt change. I am willing to try just about anything at this point as I would LOVE to get my daughter back off of the formula completly.
Thanks a million