My son is 2 and a half months old now. I know I have had an adequate supply up until recently, because he is a chunky little thing! (I worry though because I tried to breastfeed my 2 year old when she was born, and because she was in the NICU for 14 days as a preemie my milk supply never really came in and got established. It was a disaster).
Here is my problem though... I had to start back to work last week, and I am only able to pump once during the day, at 12:10 to about 1:00. I am pumping for about 30 minutes, and at first I was getting about 4 ounces, then it leaped to 7 last Monday (with about three let-downs in the session), but now I am dropping again. I am trying to pump between feedings too, but am getting pitiful amounts now, whereas I used to get at least an ounce or two. I really feel like I am suddenly having problems with let-down.
My husband is trying to feed out son at home, but my baby is so used to feeding on demand that he is having troubles also. He wakes up very often, and just wants a sip of milk before he goes back to sleep, and he usually will only take a big four ounce bottle once during the day. To make a long story short, he is only getting about 8-9 ounces for the time that I am gone, 7:30-4:00. Once I get home, it seems like he doesn't nurse as vigorously as he used to or for as long, whereas he used to do complete feeds (about 20-25 minutes per breast) with naps in between. Now he usually only goes 10 minutes per side before he lapses into that milk-induced coma-like state. I have no idea how much he is actually getting, because I am one of those people that can't feel the let-down. He seems content once I get home though, and sleeps soundly at night. Is he just getting more efficient at getting the milk now?
Is it just that I am getting too paranoid, and the anxiety over the dropping amounts when I am pumping is causing extra issues, and making the pumping issues worse? I am taking 4 Fenugreek capsules 3 times a day (and have been since he was born)
Oh, help :-)