I got off to a rough start breastfeeding my new daughter. There was no lactation consultant on staff when my baby was born (it was the weekend) and the nurses were pushing me to bottle feed my daughter because she had jaundice. After 24 hours, I caved and started giving her bottles.
As soon as I was discharged, I went to see an LC at my pediatrician's office. They loaned me a hospital-grade pump and suggested using that to increase my supply because they said my daughter had a weak suck reflex.
I tried pumping for 2 weeks and was only producing 1/2 to 1 ounce of milk (that's the combined total for both breasts). I saw the LC twice more and started taking fenugreek, which I stopped because it gave me horrible gas.
I gave up after a couple of weeks because I just couldn't keep up with the constant pumping and washing parts, and because emotionally I was about to crack - I felt like I needed to let the breastfeeding go before I could enjoy my new daughter. I felt like such a failure every time I looked at that pathetic half-ounce of pumped milk and felt like it just wasn't worth it, I was broken.
Well, she's now 2 months old and I still haven't been able to let it go. I got out my Medela Pump in Style tonight to see if I may have any milk left and was thrilled to see a few drops from both breasts.
Is it possible to start breastfeeding a 2-month-old baby? Now that I finally feel like I have a handle on motherhood, I'd really like to give this another try, if it's not too late. I am willing to exclusively pump if that's what it takes. Please help!