Hi all. My son just turned 4 months old on the 10th of this month. I had been noticing some issues with my supply for about 2 weeks when I contacted my lactation consultant. She had me pump in between a morning feeing to try to assess the situation. I could only pump 2 oz between both breasts. She suggested that I start pumping after each breastfeeding session, with 100 min a day being the goal. She believed that my supply issues were coming from the low-dose birth control I was prescribed 6 weeks postpartum. My doctor told me that it was ok to take, but she said that she sees a lot of women have issues with their supply when taking it. I wish I would have asked her about it in the first place! Anyway, so I began pumping Wednesday (it is now Fri.) To be honest, reaching the 100 minute goal has been rough. I did 85 min on Wed, 102 min on Thurs, and have only gotten in 76 minutes today. The most I can get in a session is 2 oz. The least I have gotten is less than 0.5 oz. I have had to use 1 supplement formula bottle a day (which kills me) of about 2 oz. I am also trying to drink 3 cups of Mother's Milk tea a day. The last dose of the birth control I took was Tuesday night. I feel like it should be completely out of my system soon, but I have not really noticed an increase yet.
Anyways, to sum it all up, I am completely devastated by all of this. I want to breastfeed my son exclusively. Does anyone have any suggestions of anything more I could be doing?
I want to add that my son is being finicky now at the breast. He will latch on and off numerous times throughout the feedings. I have been trying to offer both breasts at each session, so long as he is cooperating. I am also bottle feeding him everything I am able to pump...... which he guzzles down.
The pumping is making my nipples quite sore, but I am just pushing forward. It is exhausting every day. I feel like I am nearing the breaking point.