New here- my twins are 6months old. They have fed like champs since day 1. Ive always had enough milk up until about 3 months. We had a very stressful move and I think I was dealing with some PPD also during that time and at their 4 month appointment they had fell WAY off the curve and has gained almost nothing since their 2 month appt. I thought everything was going well but apparently it hadn't been for a month or so. They are happy & healthy, meeting milestones, not cranky. They were however not satisfied all the time after feedings which should've been my first clue that they weren't getting enough. I started working with a great LC, and we had weekly weigh ins for one month. In that time they gained on average 1oz per week. So not great. we did some weighed feedings at different times and they were only taking in about 2-2.25 ozs per feeding per baby. That was feeding every 2 1/2 hrs. So not much.
I have done EVERYTHING I can think of to increase supply and nothing has worked. I have tried....
*Fenugreek, blessed thistle, more mothers milk plus, goats rue, shatavari, moringa, oatmeal, flaxseed meal, brewers yeast, more water, more food, Gatorade. DOmperidone.
I have nurse more and more and more. I took a nursing "vacation" lately (which was kinda hard to manage with both babies) for a whole day and nursed pretty much the whole time, that did nothing. I started power pumping every night for 2 hours for 2 weeks, still nothing. I have tried pumping after almost every feeding and never get a let down after feeds. I do breast compressions while nursing to try and remove the most milk. NOTHING is helping. On average I nurse probably 9-10times per day. They still wake up twice at night so I nurse around the clock.
So after them not gaining weight and becoming increasingly hungry, I started supplementing with donor milk. I know my supply is probably suffering because of this but I had too. They weren't gaining and now are slightly behind in development because of it. (IMO) THey are 6months and while they roll everywhere they are no where near sitting on their own. THey LOOK very very healthy and are really happy babies. So I supplement about 6-7oz/day per baby. usually 1.5oz after a feeding here and there. I tried the lactaid and it got too difficult to do with tandem nursing. So im using a bottle.
Now my DS has decided he doesn't want to drink for more than 5 minutes because he wants a bottle. So he doesn't drain my breast which is leading to more supply problems. I try and let DD (my power sucker) finish off his side to get the milk out but sometimes that doesn't happen. Which is why I started pumping after nursing to get all the milk out.
Im just so frustrated. I feel like NOTHING I have done has made any difference in my supply. I want to go back to EBF'ing but they weren't and arent' gaining weight when I don't supplement. What else can I try???
I have plenty of milk at night. THey seem very satisfied and I can tell I have way more at night. So im just supplementing during the day.
Suggestions? What am I doing wrong??? Please help. Im sorry this got SO long.......