My name is Mary and I have a 2 month old daughter. My milk supply was awesome for the first week of having her. I was able to pump 4 ounces out of each breast every 2-3 hours. After that, it began to decrease more and more. It got down to me only being able to pump less than half an ounce out of each breast. Obviously, I was unable to keep up with her feeding so I have been supplementing her with formula (which I absolutely hate to do). I contacted a lactation consultant and was put on a RX galactologue that lasted about 15 days. During this time, my milk supply was greater than ever and I was finally able to get her off formula. Unfortunately, the day after I stopped taking the RX, my milk supply decreased again back to about 1/2 ounce every 3 hours.
Things I have tried since then:
1. Pumping every 1 1/2 hours (only getting a few drops out)
2. Putting Gretchen on my breasts more frequently (she has no problem latching on it's just that there isn't enough milk for a feeding and she gets frustrated after about 10 minutes on each breast)
3. Taking Fenugreek tablets and tea (still seeing if this will help at all)
Things I believe may be hurting my milk supply:
1. I have been very stressed out since her birth due to some personal family problems occurring simultaneously of one another but I am trying my best to relax.
2. I had breast augmentation last year right before I got pregnant. However, the implants were inserted in the armpits, not the nipple.
Currently, I am only able to give her 3 ounces of breast milk per day (that I accumulate throughout the day from pumping about 1/2 oz out each time), which is one feeding session. The rest of her feedings are formula.
What else can I do to regain my milk supply? I have tried everything I can think of and I am desperate for help. The RX worked well but my doctors are hesitant to give me anything else, believing it is a problem with Gretchen latching on or me not pumping enough, when I know it has nothing to do with that. I truly believe it is my body not being able to produce milk without assistance.
So my question is, what can I possibly do now to regain supply?