Re: Is it worth it?
It definitely is worth it, even if your lo is only getting one bottle of bm per day.
There are a lot of things you can do to increase your supply. Eating oatmeal for breakfast is supposed to work wonders, for example. Here is a LLL website about increasing supply:
I'm sure more people will chime in to let you know other ways you can increase your supply. I just wanted to tell you not to get down about it. I went back to work at 5 weeks pp and thought I was going to go crazy trying to pump enough to see my dd through the next day. I never was able to pump much, and we did supplement with formula during the day. I also nursed the last thing before I left in the morning, first thing when I got home, and very frequently on weekends and through the evenings and nights (we cosleep, so that made it much easier- I could just feed her while I slept).
As far as your pumping goes, do you have a comfortable place to do it? What kind of pump are you using? Do you get more than one let down per nursing session?
I found that after the initial letdown, if I'd pump very rapidly (I had a manual) for a minute or two I'd get a second letdown and that let me increase the amount I'd pump per session so I could pump less frequently. It really helped me, though I'd still be lukcy to end up with 6 oz by the end of the day.
Anyway, I jsut wanted to encourage you. It can be done. I've made it past a year and that's with supplementing and I know there are lots of women here who've faced similar issues and done the same without supplementing.
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