I'm seeing progress on the pump output front!!!! The Right Breast has already produced about 3 ounces all on it's own today and I didn't even pump overnight. The Left hasn't produced nearly so much for the pump maybe a 3rd of an ounce in that same amount of time .
Now my left doesn't produce nearly so much but it also doesn't hurt as much so I'm starting to think that once we are off the supplements, I need to perhaps continue pumping on the left more often than on the right in order to see if I can even myself back out a little bit.
Now that I'm hardly using the supplement, I can tell much more that I need to improve latching because I am now seeing my nipples coming out a bit squashed. Before the supplementing He had a generally good latch but the tubes seem to encourage a more shallow latch like sucking on a straw and when using it, it is generally too hard to get the tube in place and baby latched on to detach and try again when you actually get the tube in place and flowing.
Perhaps it is time to go see a consultant again and get some help or tips for maintaining a deeper latch. It isn't that I can't get him to latch deeply but he will often pull back after I get him latched on but if I hold him too tight to the breast he really fusses and fights.
Any tips for dealing with babies who like to pull at and/or play with the nipples with their mouth? Right now it may only be mild pain/injury but I can just imagine what will happen if he continues to do this as he gets older/more powerful and starts getting teeth. When I say play with, he does this thing where he will spit out (almost like squirting the nipple out of his mouth) then suck it back in, my guess is he is doing this mostly when he has gotten impatient with lack of flow as I become more empty, though he also tends to do this when side lying in bed too. The pulling back while still gripping the nipple quite strongly seems to happen full or empty.