Here's my question:
Is a hospital grade pump really worth it if I already have the Medela pump
In style advance? Will a hospital grade pump increase my supply?
Here's some background info:
I have a 6 month old baby girl. I have struggle with BF the entire time. When she was first born she wouldn't eat. The lactation consultant at the hospital even gave up and told me she didn't know what to do anymore. She would go hours without eating. I struggle with supply from the beginning. For weeks I sat on the couch nursing my LO as often as possible just to keep my supply up and keep her full. She is also lip tied, so learning to latch was an intensely painful process. At two weeks we found out that she tested positive for MCAD(a metabolic disorder). We went trough a month of further testing to confirm. During that time we were under strict instructions to make sure that she ate every 3 hours and that she was eating at least 3-4 ounces at a time (if she didn't eat enough she could have seizures, go into a coma, or even die). There was no way that I had that had that much supply so we started supplementing with formula once a day. On top of that, she was extremely gassy/colicky (which seemed to get better after a bottle of formula). After the month of testing we found out that the test was a false positive and she was only a carrier of the disorder. I continued nursing my LO full time until she was 3 1/2 months old and I had to return to work. I've never been able to pump enough to even build up a supply, even with my medela. I went from nursing her full time, to nursing her in the morning, evening, and night time to now, where I am almost fully dried up. When she nurses she gets about 4 sucks and then there is nothing left. Now, when I pump I don't even get enough to wet the bottom of the bottle. I am taking fenugreek, fennel, mothers milk tea, eating oatmeal, drinking plenty of water, tried drinking a beer, and trying to nurse her as often as possible. But nothing seems to be working.
I'm at my wits end. On top of all of these issues, I have my own health concerns. I take medicine for PCOS, ADHD, and anxiety, which I haven't been able to take since I got pregnant. I've been dealing with server joint pain in my back, hips, and knees since she was born. My weight has skyrocketed since my LO was born due to hormone surges and severe post-partum anxiety/depression. Although everyone advised me to stop nursing and take the necessary meds, I was able to work through it without medication and continue nursing. I'm proud of my accomplishments and I would really love to keep nursing as long as possible. But part of me wonders if this is just a sign that I need to quit and take care of myself now. I feel like renting a hospital pump is pretty much my last option, but I don't know if it's really any better than the medela that I have.
I'm sorry this is such a long post. I'm just extremely frustrated and torn. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!