I'll try to keep this as short and to the point as I can and if I miss anything please ask me to fill in whatever is needed.
My daughter was born on November 7th, I nursed her in the hospital and switched to pumping only and giving her breastmilk in a bottle once we were home. I have two older children and couldn't manage to get them to latch well. My oldest lasted 24 hours at the breast and my middle child made it a week before I switched to formula. I've been pumping and feeding her breastmilk solely so she's never had formula at all.
About a week or so ago my oldest son decided it would be nice to share the cold bug he brought home from school with everyone else in the house. My milk supply went WAY down. I had been getting about 3 to 4 ounces out of one side and 2 or 3 out of the other when pumping every 4 hours. It went down to just about an ounce out of each side and I had to pump every 3 hours to keep up with her feedings.
I got in touch with a Lactation consultant and got help with her latch since I read here that nursing will increase supply better than just pumping. She latches well and then somehow seems to always end up breaking the seal and getting latched wrong, I can't get her to keep a good latch for more than 2 or 3 sucks and then I spend an hour with her on my breast trying to get her to have a decent meal. I just nursed all afternoon the other day and when she did eat it was only for about 5 minutes and then she refused it, then she would be cranky and crying hungry within another few minutes, she finally started getting the hang of latching but still wasn't content and was nursing every 45 mins to an hour. With two older children, one of whom is a toddler it's hard to spend all day with her attatched to me and keep up with their needs too. So I'm pumping but feel as if I sabotaged my supply by nursing her and not just pumping after working so hard to get it back up and keep it steady. I'm now barely getting an ounce out of each side per pumping and am still pumping every time she eats so that I keep up with her needs.
I'm so close to calling it quits or supplimenting her, I've tried to set small goals for myself...such as.."I'll keep her on only breastmilk till I hit 4 weeks" once I hit 4 weeks then I re-set the goal for 6 weeks, and I plan on pushing it back further and further....if I say...I plan on pumping and feeding her breastmilk untill she's a year old I know it's too daunting a task and if I do end up not making it I would be too dissappointed in myself.
I need any advice you might have on how to increase my supply. I've read the links and tried most of the suggestions on them and nothing seems to be helping, I'm barely keeping up with her and I'm trying to hard to keep up and not have to give her formula. Here's my schedule
I pump 8 or more times a day and usually get about an ounce out of each side recently.
I take fenugreek 3 times a day but have to watch my blood glucose levels carefully because it tends to make my sugar levels run a little lower than recommended.
I've given up all caffine, increased my water drinking so much that I feel like I'm pregnant again in the bathroom all the time.
I'm really not sure what else to do...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.