I hope somebody is able to help me!
My daughter is 5 1/2 months old and up until last week she was breastfed exclusively. 9 days ago i was admitted to the hospital and had to have an emergency appendectomy. I was then on antibiotics and was told I was not able to breastfeed my daughter for 6 days. (during those six days she had breastmilk that I had pumped and frozen since her birth, and a little bit of formula the last day because we ran out of milk). I did pump those 6 days, usually 3-4 times a day, getting 7-8oz every pumping session. I thought my milk supply would be okay, but 2 days ago, when i started breastfeeding her again, i realized I did not have enough milk anymore. I have tried putting her to the breast every hour that she is awake, and she sucks most of the time, but gets quite frustrated because she cannot get much milk out. I also try pumping after every nursing session but usually am not able to get out even a quarter of an ounce, pumping both sides. I have tried to give her formula after nursing because i know she is still hungry (she comes off crying, tries latching again, sucks lots and then comes off crying again. When i try hand express my milk nothing comes out, and I have never had a problem with that before) but she refuses to take the bottle from me now that she knows she can have my breast again, so im worried she is not getting enough food.
I also got my period for the first time since I had her, and Im sure that has to do with me quitting breastfeeding for those 6 days. Would that have anything to do with my low supply? How can i increase my milk supply again without taking herbs/pills. Does her sucking and me pumping, even if nothing comes out, help to increase my supply? Please help!