I am happily nursing my 9 week old DD, but am sadly back at work already & have to use that noisy impersonal pump. DD was having latch-on issues initially, and was a "lazy nurser," not gaining enough weight at her 1 month checkup, according to the Pedi (I think she was only low by a few ounces, and had plenty of wet & poopy diapers).
I'm trying to increase my milk supply; I've been pumping for the last 3 weeks (this is week 4 back at work), but only getting between 6-8 oz. total each day between 3 pumping sessions. I tried pumping 4 times while at work, but I was just not getting anything done!
Letting down okay (which is actually kinda painful), just not producing much! I nurse DD almost exclusively on the weekends (I only add formula if she seems really famished) and when I'm home with her in the evenings. She gets bm & formula (mixed) at daycare and has the usual 4-6 oz per feeding--more or less. Financially and esthecially, I'd rather be providing all of her nutrition myself, I'm just not sure what else to do to increase my supply!
I've been using Fenugreek, but have been getting mixed reviews as to the dosage (from 1000 to 6000 mg a day?). I drink well over a gallon of water a day, and I just started on oatmeal for breakfast today.
ALSO! My darling (older) sister is doing my daycare for me (for now-- she's 22 weeks along with ds #2!), and has suggested several times that I give dd a few oz of water every once in a while; "It won't hurt her to give her water when she's thirsty, ya know," she'll say. I prefer to nurse whenever she's interested-- especially since she's not lacking hydration.
A little confused, feeling like I'm letting her down (like I can't provide enough), and determined not to quit, but could really use some suggestions!
Allie (proud mommy to Rachael Mae)