Lately I've noticed a drop in supply while pumping. I had a sinus infection about 3 weeks back and had to take 3 doses of Dayquil to survive. I was assured by my pediatrician that my supply would drop with the medication, but would return after I stopped the medication, but despite hydration, fenugreek, oatmeal and added pumping sessions, I'm not getting the results I expected. I used to get 5 - 8 ounces a pumping session while I was at work. Now I am getting 3 - 5.
I've seen many other posters to this forum state that pumps can wear out over time. My Medela PIS is 3.5 years old. I used it for a year with my daughter three years ago and am using it again with my son. How do I know if the pump is less effective than it should be? It still feels like it has suction and I don't have to crank it up to max volume. If not the pump, what else could explain the drastic reduction in output?
As additional information, I don't believe my period is returning and I am stimulating my breasts at least 8-10 times/day between pumping and nursing.
Thank you mamas for the advice!