I know there are a lot of resources out there for mamas who are trying to increase their milk supply by pumping or taking lactation supplements. But I see that most articles and forums are for moms with babies who are under 3 months of age (I may be wrong here). So I had a very basic question. Is it possible to bring back supply at 5 months?
Since the body learns how much to make at 3 months and after that milk supply is a demand-supply phenomenon (and presumably not controlled a whole lot by hormones anymore), if I have lost some supply AFTER the 3-month mark, is it still possible to increase supply now (baby is now 5 months old?).
Baby is very distracted these days and feeds for like 3min at the most until she moves on to observing the creases on my shirt (or playing with my boobs sometimes!!). And I KNOW she has left a lot of milk behind. I try to get her back to the breast after sometime, but she cries. Sometimes I'm able to pump to make up for not emptying the breasts well, but most of the time I'm not. My supply has now reduced somewhat.
Can I still pump and bring the supply back up (or have I started to "lose the hormones" since it's 5 months pp?). I'm wondering if I may have to EP at this rate (I'd hate to do that).