I'm just having a terrible day and feel like a terrible mom, so I thought I'd ask for some success stories to keep me going. I am not big buddies with the pump...hate it in fact (Medela Lactina)...but am trying to increase production just to reassure myself. We were in the hospital trying to see what the issue was with my LO's weight gain, but all that happened was that the nurses would weigh her before and after she ate (sometimes great, sometimes not so much) and then each time I'd pump, they'd say "That's all??!! You don't have enough milk!"
When I finally pumped a good bottleful of milk, the nurse decided it was too old, poured it down the sink, and then said "Well, what are you going to feed your baby? She'll have to wait three hours now. You shouldn't have done that." I thought I would slip over the edge into complete insanity for a couple of moments then, but I'm still hanging on by my fingernails. Anyway, they tried themselves to give her formula supplements but she didn't want them. I sometimes think it's not the fact that I don't produce enough but that she just doesn't eat. When she's done, she's done and I can't get more into her, although I'll can feed her some of my expressed milk with a spoon. I feel like all I do is struggle to get my baby to eat.
Now I'm trying to feed feed feed and pump to increase production, just because it couldn't hurt. I am never sure now whether I have enough or not. I do know if she'd eat well each time I fed her she'd definitely be taking in as much as the average on the charts. She seems to have plenty of wet and dirty diapers, although her poop is slowing down. She only had one yesterday but it was massive.
So, I'd love to hear any stories of how you were successful at increasing production through pumping, especially if you started off with less than an ounce. I guess I shouldn't expect to have fountains and fountains, but if anyone ever worked hard enough and actually got there, please let me know!