Hello this is my first post but I'm desperate for any ideas or help. My baby is just a week shy of 5 months and is currently exclusively breastfed. I've been struggling with my supply every since she was born but managed to keep things going. I've been back to work roughly two months and pumping has been difficult. My office is very informal and family friendly so I can pump as much as I can fit in.
To try increase my supply I have been pumping 5, sometimes 6 times a day during work hours, one pump at 1am and nursing in the morning and evening. I'm using a medela pump instyle advance which was brand new in december (actually I had to returned under warrantee and got a new one two weeks ago). I've been eating green smoothies with milled fenugreek every morning and drinking upwards of 100 oz of water a day.
Recently my supply has been slipping away even more and the helpful lactation consultant at Northside Hospital in Atlanta have pretty much told me they have ran out of ideas and that I should consult my OBGYN. My OBGYN put me on reglan and I took it for the past week. I would get about an extra ounce per pump (3 ounces total) versus 1.5 ounces that I'd usually get. However the medication made me restless and gave me constant headaches so I stopped it over the weekend.
To top it off my little one has four teeth coming in and does not want to nurse for the long periods of time and barely wants to eat from the bottle. I've had to resort to bottle feeding at night instead of nursing. The lack of nursing seems to also be hurting my supply.
I really am desperate as I want to keep on breastfeeding for a full year. My husband wants to take the plunge and buy me a medela hospital grade pump to use (Northside Hopsital has been out of rental medelas for the last two months). Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.