I have been successfully nursing my 8 month old son until recently... I didn't try to be on a schedule with him but he is just a creature of habit and created one himself. He nurses around 8A, 12P, 4P and 7P. He has been sleeping through the night which is great but my milk supply has really suffered. When I try and nurse him at 7P there is just hardly anything left. He pops on and off in frustration b/c nothing is coming out and when we finally struggle through and my let down happens it is hardly anything. The past 2 nights have been so bad that I have given him formula for that last feed and then pumped. When I pump I don't even get 2 oz. (this is w/the Medela double pump in style on highest settings!)
My question is: to increase milk production is it best to pump right after a regular feed or say at 10A and 2P as extra times. I'm concerned with emptying myself out and him experiencing frustration during the feeds that aren't a problem right now. I guess you nurse 1st and then feed your pumped milk if they're still hungry. How long does it take for extra pumping to work? Being that he is this creature of habit I have to resort to pumping b/c he would never do with nursing at say 10a and working at it and being patient to increase my milk supply - if there's no milk shooting out he's not interested - so I can't just put him to the breast more. I've tried everything else from drinking ton's of water, mothers milk tea, resting and I need to do something quick! I feel like just 4 feedings a day is already too few for a 8 month old... and going down to 3 will just make matters worse. Some women produce in excess, I'm just one of them who doesn't - I went thru production issues with my daughter who's 3 too. I nursed her for 13 months and wasn't ready to stop but I think I was literally a bone dry pacifier! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!