My baby is currently 3.5 weeks old and I have been working with a LC to try to get enough supply to EBF, but we're running out options.
I am currently breastfeeding, and weighing before and after. The baby generally gets 1 oz. Once a day he seems to get 1.5 oz.
I am also pumping after, and generally only get about .5 oz.
I bottle feed the amount that I have pumped from my last session, and then supplement with formula. I am aiming to get to 2-2.5oz per feeding for a total of 18oz a day.
I am taking fenugreek at 4 pills, 3x a day. I just ordered another brand off of Amazon to see if that makes a difference because I haven't seen a difference. I also ordered some blessed thistle because I hear this makes the fenugreek work better.
I also have PCOS and went back onto metformin a week after giving birth.
I have also been suffering from some postpartum blues so I am taking a very small dose of Zoloft.
My son had a tiny tongue tie that they corrected a week ago. They put off correcting it because it was so minor, but after trying so many other things, decided to give that a shot.
After seeing the LC yesterday, she is at a loss on what else to try. We're seeing a tiny improvement but not enough. She has 2 last suggestions: 1) rent a medical grade pump and use that instead of my medula double electric pump that I got through my insurance. 2) Go to Children's hospital and meet with a lactation doctor. Since the LC is through the pediatrician she can't prescribe medicine for me. She said it's a long shot, but the lactation doctor might have more ideas, and can discuss trying to take Reglan.
The pediatrician didn't like option #2 and thinks it will be a waste of time and money for me, saying that I have literally tried everything to increase supply. I have been very dedicated with everything that they have given me to do. He seems satisfied with the amount of breast milk that the baby is getting, and doesn't see a need to increase it.
Is a medical grade pump really that much better? Is it worth the additional cost that I would have to pay to rent a pump?
Is Reglan really a good option? I read terrible side effects, and with already being on zoloft, is it really worth considering?
I have always wanted to EBF for absolutely as long as I could. I never in a million years thought I would not be able to EBF for any amount of time. I feel at a loss. Is there anything more I can do? Do I need to just accept that I won't be able to have the supply to EBF?