I have been breastfeeding my four month old exclusively since birth, and everything was going well....until just last Tuesday. I took her to the pediatrician for her well-baby exam and immunizations. She is down to the tenth percentile in weight, and started at the 50th. That really got me concerned. The dr. suggested I try pumping to make sure I still get a full four ounces, since that is how much she drank from a bottle when I gave it to her for a night out (two months ago).
I tried pumping and was not happy to find I was able to get only two ounces. This really got me worried! I tried for a day and a half to get a hold of the lactation consultant through the dr's office. In the meantime, I was so worried I gave my baby a bottle of formula (but pumped directly after).
I bought a medela pump in style and have been pumping for twenty minutes after each feeding (about eight to ten times a day). Finally, the lactation consultant called me back and recommended a hospital grade, so I rented one and am now using a Lactina.
The real problem is my baby is starting to reject the breast. She nurses for a couple of minutes and then gets really fussy. I have been trying to spoon feed her the breast milk most of the time, but have given a bottle of pumped milk about once a day for the past three days. I am also taking Fenugreek (2 pills, three times a day). Also drinking Mother's Milk tea 3xs a day.
I am a vegetarian and discovered I couldn't eat dairy because it upset my baby. I probably haven't been getting enough protein for a while. I started taking a protein supplement/shake three days ago, and am really making a serious effort to eat well and a lot.
I am so disappointed I cannot tell you!! I have an older daughter whom I was only able to breastfeed for six weeks due to (what I thought) was a low supply and I started formula supplement and that was the end of that. She has asthma and had lots of ear infections. I am determined to breast feed my younger daughter for a year but I'm really worried I won't be able to because she's starting to reject the breast.
Oh, also, for about a month now my daughter has really been preferring my right breast. I should have known something was up, but didn't really worry until it got to this point. Now I'm noticing my left breast makes less than half what my right breast makes. I'm pumping five min. longer now on my left....
How long should it take to get my supply back up?
Any advice? I'm desperate!!