My DS is now 3 months old and has never received any supplements. His weight gain has been good so far. However....the thing is that I almost from the start have used Mothers Milk tea (which I steep for a loooong time so it's strong) to up my supply. Every time I drink the tea, I notice a nice increase in my supply at which point I stop drinking it. The effect usually lasts for a few days and then my supply dips down again to the point where I nurse many, many times a day in order to keep DS full and ensure a barely adequate diaper output. On those days, I hear so little swallowing in the late afternoon and early evening that I really can't imagine that DS gets even 1/2 an ounce. I'm certain that he eats more on the days where my supply is more plentiful (it still seems like he drains me) and I have to imagine that a big reason for his nice weight gain is because of the days with good supply.
I don't understand why my supply won't stay up. He was born full term and i've always nursed often. His latch is a little funny, but I had two LCs evaluate it and they both said that it didn't seem like he had a problem transferring milk. Could my supply not have been well established because I started the tea so early on? I'm confused and hate to be so dependent on the tea. I also worry that it won't be effective in the long run.
Any input is greatly appreciated. THANKS!!!!