I am so glad to have found this board. I have already read so many good things however, I wanted a thread of my own mostly because I am hoping to capitalize on the therapeutic advantage to writing it all down.
My little girl is now almost 4 months old (born 7.15.07) I have now been back to work since September 10th. My first day back I was disappointed that I only got 9 oz during my three pumping sessions here at work. Today I can only dream of getting 9 oz. Starting that day I began a downward spiral of diminishing supply and now I feel like I am fighting a losing battle to keep any milk in at all. Starting this past Monday (11/5) stepped up my pumping per my lactation nurse. Previously I was pumping 5 x a day and nursing 2 x. Now I am pumping 9-11 x a day and still nursing 2 x. Yesterday I pumped a total of 10 times and had 8 oz of milk to show for it .
Just so you have all the info - over the course of the past two months I have rented a hospital grade pump and taken fenugreek, blessed thistle and Reglan. I am at the bottom of my cycle with the Reglan. In the meantime I am continuing the herbs. I am at this point supplementing quite a bit as her weight gain was low at her 3 month check up. My evening pumping includes a power pumping session which according to my nurse means I pump at 8 pm for 10 min, 9 pm for 10 min, and 10 pm for 10 min. I will usually throw in a nursing session and another pumping session in the evenings too. I also use relaxation techniques, massage and compression.
I guess I have a couple of questions
1- How long before I start to notice a difference in my supply with having added all these extra pumping sessions?
2- Provided I do see an increase, will I always have to pump this much in order to maintain the new amount?
3- Right now I have resisted nursing between midnight and 6 am because if I do I find that I get less in the morning when I pump. My morning pump is crucial. I get more from that session than from all the others combined. However I am second guessing if this is the right thing to do or not.
4- Is there ANYTHING else I can do?
I want this so badly for my baby. I just feel like I am fighting a losing battle. Any thought/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time!