Ok I have posted before about my supply issues that I have been having for the past month. But I think I have narrowed down what happened. This post might be long but i really need some help. I had to add formula to my daughters bottle today and i am really sad about it. as it is important to me that she is only getting my breast milk.
My DD was born 2/12/13 I had great supply borderline over supply. I have a VERY fast let down too. When I pump i get most my milk with in the first 3 mins. She nurses for 3-6 mins. and is done.
I went back to work full time 5/6/13 My DD was sleeping through the night. I nursed her at 7am before work. I pumped and she was fed a 4-5 oz bottle 10am - 1pm - 4pm. this was going PERFECTLY for all of may and the beginning of June. Then in June I was only getting 3 4oz bottles. and my daughter was seeming more and more hungry and starting waking at night to eat 1-2 times. By July I could no longer get 3 4oz bottles and she was getting a 4oz and 2 3.5oz bottles and she was waking twice every single night to eat and a couple times 3 times at night.
At this point (END OF JULY) we introduced solids and I started pumping an extra time at 8am on my way to work in the car. We also started feeding her 4 times during the day. I am able to get 4 3oz bottles. This is ok for her. She seems good. but she is still waking 2 times per night to nurse.
I cannot seem to get anymore milk. Its like I now top out at 12 oz per day in 4 sessions. I used to get 13-15oz in 3 sessions. But that was when she wasnt nursing at night. She got 4 4.5oz bottles the other day when she got my freezer stash (when milk was flowing well) and she drank almost all of that. that is 18oz granted there was about 1-2 oz left over. (and I know babies will take more from a bottle than they will the breast because they don't have to work for it. but still it made me sad I can no longer give her 4.5oz bottles)
So I know she is doing ok on what I am producing and her nursing at night now twice to make up for the lack I now have during the day.
Can I go back to producing more during the day. Or is it just the way it is because of her night nursings?
I have tried lactation cookies. pills. more water. replacing pump parts all for 3 weeks and I just can't seem to produce more than 12oz. Sometimes I can't pump in the car on the way to work. like yesterday. and in that case I had to make up for the 2oz with a scoop of formula and 2oz water in her breastmilk bottle. so it was half BM and half Formula. My daugter will be 6 months old on Monday and just got formula for the 1st time. it breaks my heart. I so wanted to say she never needed formula and that I did it!
I should add at home when I do not work I nurse her on demand which ends up being every 2 hours and she seems perfectly full. she still wakes up twice at night now though.