I have an almost 5 month old girl and returned to work last week. I have been exclusively breastfeeding her since day one, however, added in one meal of cereal in the evenings. I have never had an issue with supply with her, nor with her brother before her. Although, with him, I only had to pump three days a week while at work, and made it to 11 months (after AF returned at 11 months PP, my milk seriously diminished).
I have started pumping at work, about ebery 2.5 to 3 hours. I know that pumping doesn't output as much milk, so even if she was eating every 4 or 5 hours, I still pump every 2 or 3. I get about 2 ounces from each breast at each pumping session.
I am worried about my supply. She seems to eat more than what I pump, and I am trying not to cut into my "stash" in the freezer (which is currently around 180 ounces of frozen EBM).
I nurse her in the AM before work, and then as soon as I get home. I also nurse her all weekend, and even tried nursing every two hours this weekend so far. I have also started setting my alarm and getting up around midnight to pump (she's been sleeping through the night for a while now). I started taking the Motherlove Herbs - More Milk Plus, and drinking the Mother's Milk Tea. I plan to add to oatmeal back into my diet tomorrow morning.
What else can I do? I cannot leave work to visit her at day care, as I am an hour away. When you begin to try and rebuild supply, how long does it typically take to see results? I am going to pump again tonight before I go to bed, then get up around midnight again.
I am also VERY depressed about my milk issues. For many, many reasons. I tried talking to a local LC today, but she called when I was out, and she's not back in the office until Tuesday. Not sure I can wait that long, LOL.
Thanks, and any information would be great.