I am a working Mom, and my LO is 14 weeks old. I have always had this problem with my left breast, even after pumping for 30 mins, I just get about 2 oz, whereas from my right breast i get about 4-5 oz.
This was okay till last week, but my LO is drinking 5oz every 2-3 hours, so the demand is high but my supply is not that great. I had a stash saved up in freezer when I was on Maternity Leave. But I dont want to deplete that. I give 4 bottles of 5oz each to daycare. And she goes to daycare from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
I pump 3 times a day, and try to sneak in a 4th time if possible. My regular pump times are 3 am, 11:30 am and 4 pm. I feed her to 7 am before she leaves home.
But lately I have noticed that my left breast never completely gets emptied. And after pumping for 30 mins, i cant spend more time hand expressing. Also my left breast hurts after pumping/ and during pumping.
I am using Medela PISA, with breast-shields of size 24. I tried shield size 27mm also, but this didnt improve the output.
Is there anything wrong that I am doing? I am really worried now. If I dont keep up to the demand I might have to supplement her. I would not like to do that atleast till she turns 6 months old.
And I have milk in my breast, its just difficult getting it out.
Please help me. I am ready to try all options/tips.