Hi, I'm new here. I have a 4 week old baby who is mostly breast-fed. He was a little premature so we have been pumping and giving him one bottle each night (from daddy) since he was about 5 days old with no problem (on the advice of the LC - he had trouble staying awake long enough to eat enough because he was born early).
Anyway, things were going fine until last week, when unexpectedly I had to have surgery. I had spinal anesthesia so I could continue to breastfeed and not need to "pump & dump" any milk, but still I was away from him for about 10 hours. I was only able to pump once during that time (after about 6 hours since his last feeding in the morning) because I couldn't sit up well until then! And I was too sore to nurse him much for the first 48 hours after surgery except side-lying, and he tends to doze off in that position and doesn't nurse as well. I nursed him that way every other time, and my husband or MIL gave him bottles of either pumped milk, or then lacto-free formula when the frozen milk ran out.
So now I'm dealing with my supply having diminished greatly, even though it was only 2 1/2 days of disrupted schedule. I'm trying to find mother's milk tea or just fenugreek capsules around here but not having much luck. I'll try two more stores tomorrow, then I may have to order online. I wanted to buy it in person so I don't have to wait.
I am nursing him at every feeding now, but 2-3 x a day he has literally emptied me, and cries because he continues sucking and there is NOTHING more coming out but he's still hungry, so he's been getting 4-6 ounces of formula per day total (2 ounces at the end of the nursing sessions when he's still hungry). I then try to pump an hour after the feeding but am only getting 1/4 ounce usually.
This is so frustrating. Of course I am not giving up BFing but I want to be able to cut out the formula too! Is there any hope? Is there something else I should be doing? I've been switching breasts several times during the feedings because I read that gets more milk into the baby - once he starts to slow down or weaken his suck, I burp him and switch sides. He is nursing on each breast at least twice at each feeding.
Any advice or anyone who has been through something similar, I would greatly appreciate hearing about it!