Let me just start of by saying this forum and website has been so helpful for me on my breastfeeding journey. We've had quite a few challenges along the way and I seem to have another challenge thrown my way.
Last Monday (so 10 days ago) I was diagnosed with mastitis on BOTH breasts. I had previously had mastitis on one breast about 2 months ago. I was given antibiotics and just finished them today. The symptoms of mastitis are mostly gone now (lumpiness, pain, etc.) but my milk supply has significant decreased. I was a bit of an overproducer before...I could easily pump 7 ounces if pumping in lieu of feeding and could pump about 3 ounces if pumping right after a feeding. Since then, I am pumping about 3 ounces total if pumping in lieu of feeding and not even 1/2 ounce if pumping after a feeding. My baby cries almost every time after a feeding and seems genuinely hungry so I've been topping him off with a few ounces of previously stored breastmilk.
The issue now is that I am done to my last bag of frozen breastmilk. I am not against supplementing with formula but would prefer not to since it seems that we finally just got the hang of this breastfeeding thing!
Here's what I'm doing to increase production:
-Feeding every 2 hours during the day, about every 3-3.5 hours during the night (8pm-8am). This is a big increase from the every 3 hours a day, every 5 hours at night from before.
-fenugreek 3 pills, 3x day
-mother's milk tea 2x day
-oatmeal in the morning
-drinking water to stay hydrated
-I've even tried Guinness but my stomach is a little sensitive now post antibiotics and it gave me indigestion
I would love any tips on what I could do. Will time solve this? Prescription medicine?
Oh, my baby is 5.5 months and a pretty big boy (90% in both weight and height).