A bit of background. I was unable to BF for the first 2 days of my ds's life because he was in the NICU, then they gave him formula--I pumped the whole time. We started BFing when we came home (when he was 4 days old), and had to deal with nipple confusion. However, within a week, he was latching on and feeding without a problem. Unfortunately, I had to go back to work when he was 8 weeks old. I had to supplement with formula while he was in day care because I hadn't pumped and frozen enough to maintain BM bottles for day care. I still nursed at night and on the weekends. From the beginning, the most I could ever pump was 5 ounces, and that was from both breasts for about 30 minutes.
After I returned to work, I wasn't so diligent about pumping, so my milk started to dry up after about three weeks. I was heart broken. Well, after one horrible weekend of trying bottles only, I was miserable, ds was miserable--heck, even my df was miserable!! I decided to try to re-establish my milk. I started pumping twice a day at work, and spending all of my time with my ds with him on my breast. It worked! I went from pumping only one ounce out of both breasts after two pumping sessions (pathetic, I know), to an average of 9 ounces a day. I am currently eating oatmeal every morning and supplementing with Fennugreek and Mother's Milk tea. I also drink an average of 100 ounces of water per day and watch my diet.
Even with all of these things, I am still only able to pump a maximum of 5 ounces out of both breasts per pumping session--and I pump 20 minutes per breast! Sometimes (like this morning) I'm only able to pump 3 ounces. Why is that? I'm afraid I'll never be able to get my ds off formula because I can't pump enough per day for him to eat! He is eating at least three 5 ounce bottles of formula per day at day care, and I send an extra bottle just in case. At this rate, I'll never be able to switch to BM only!!
Any advice or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks in advance!