I'm looking for a little support. I've been EBF my 7wk old, though BF was very hard in the beginning due to the fact that my milk was slow to come in, my production was low, and my baby was jaundiced. However, with a lot of work and fenugreek, BF has been going well until this weekend. I got either food poisoning or the stomach flu Thursday night/Friday morning and was pretty dehydrated. I didn't nurse at all that night (about 8 hours) because I was physically unable to. However, I resumed on Friday, and noticed a slight decrease in my production, but nothing major. Saturday and especially Sunday my baby seemed to want to nurse all the time, which I now realize was indicating a continuous drop in my supply. Last night I went to pump (which I do intermittently just to build up a supply in my freezer) and was unable to get anything out for the first 6 minutes when my letdown finally happened, and I pumped 1 oz. I'm not a great pumper (I'm not able to pump much out), but I always have a letdown in the first minute and when pumping at other comparable times should have been able to get 2 ounces. Then when nursing baby at night (3hrs after I pumped), the same thing happened - no letdown for 6 minutes, and I know she didn't get much because she wasn't swallowing much. Since then, letdown has been a little quicker, but she's not swallowing much.
I feel like my milk supply is suddenly drying up. My breasts feel too soft. My baby is not as interested in attempting to BF right now because not only is she not getting much, but I'm sure my breasts feel very different to her.
In addition to being sick last week (though I feel almost entirely better now), my OB prescribed me the mini pill. I voiced my concerns about it interfering with milk supply, but he told me this one shouldn't. I also started taking blessed thistle last week (in addition to the fenugreek I've been taking for weeks). I know that shouldn't decrease milk supply, but I wanted to provide all the information. Unfortunately, all of these things happened around the same time. I've decided to stop taking the birth control, continue with fenugreek (3 3x/day) and blessed thistle (2 3x/day), continue trying to BF on demand as I have been and then pump afterwards. I'm trying to drink a ton of water. I'm thinking I'm going to have to supplement because there's no way I'm producing enough and I'm not sure my LO will be willing to try hard to get the milk as things are right now. Unfortunately I don't have much of a freezer supply, so I'll have to resort to formula.
Has this happened to anyone before? Have you been able to successfully bring back your milk supply? I'm very upset about the possibility of having to stop breastfeeding at this point. I worked really hard to be able to breastfeed at the beginning and am willing to do so again, but I'm just pessimistic about it working this time.