I will try to be as clear and short as possible, but I really need some help! I am soo worried!
My daughter is just over 5 months old.
I went back to work full time just over 2 months ago.
I used to have a bit of an over supply from pumping to store my milk every day.
I stopped all extra pumping and started only pumping when I was at work and she was eating. I EBF on the weekends.
For the 1st month (DD 3mnths) it was GREAT! I still had borderline over supply, and some issues with fast let down. I would get 3 4.5-5.5oz bottles a day and she wouldn't always finish them.
The 2nd month (DD 4mnths) I noticed a decrease in what I was able to produce at work.
Struggling to get 3 4oz bottles. My sister and Mom (who watch my DD) told me DD seems to be still hungry after her bottles.
I increased what I was nursing her at night and overnight. (this is NOT fun over night)
Well for the past 3 weeks (now 5 months) I have not even been able to get 3 4oz bottles. I can only get 1 4oz and 2 3oz bottles. I think this is because she is nursing so much overnight. 2-3 times. She has even cried for more milk when with my mom and sister.
We have started her on purees now as she seems VERY interested and hungry. But she is not consuming much. she is more exploring the taste and texture. I let her feed herself mostly. I only put a few spoons fulls in her mouth at first then let her feed herself with the spoon and her fingers.
On the weekends I EBF and she is back to only waking 1 time per night and I nurse her very often during the day. But I notice by end of night I am VERY VERY VERY drained, and if i pump before I got to bed I only get a half oz of milk. which is an hour after she goes to sleep. I have only done this twice now.
So my new plan is pumping 5 times a day to get her more milk, but I have noticed I am only getting 1 extra ounce in 2 more pumpings.... I seem to just be getting less milk when I pump. Pumping 5 times is EXHAUSTING But I have only done it 2 times. So I assume I will eventually make more. I am also going to pump in the mornings and before bed on the weekends in addition to Breast Feeding on demand to try to get more supply again.
My DD also has not gained any weight in 1 month. This makes me sick. I don't know what more to do. And my sister reminds me that it will take a while to produce more. and eventually the extra pumpings will produce more milk. She also over this time of not gaining weight has more than enough wet and poop diapers. started being VERY distractable while nursing. started rolling and trying so hard to scoot on her belly. She has even been hard to get to nap she is so busy.
It just blows my mind that pumping has decreased over the last month and a half and not increased.
But I also skipped about 8 pumping sessions over time.... and I think it was a vicious cycle of her eating more over night which makes me produce less the next day...
HELP~! I just don't know what more I can do.