My daughter is almost 5 months old now. Here's our story:
With the help of a nipple sheild she was nursing wonderfully for 4 months. I started my period, and supply dropped off a bit, so we needed to supplement some with bottles of my freezer stock pile. She decided at that point bottle were more to her liking and has refused to nurse since then (with the exception of her first feeding of the day-she nurses wonderfully then!!) So, I fought with her for about a week, but finally decided that it just wasn't worth the stress her and I were experiencing, and began pumping full time with a medela pump in style, and feeding her from a bottle.
So, here is my problem. Like I said before, my supply dropped off a little, and it's been a steady decrease from there. Added to that, she has recently increased the volume of her feeds to 5 oz. ever 3-4 hours. In an attempt to increase supply, I took 3 days off of work (I am a nanny, so even during work days she is with me, but I took days off so that I could focus completely on my task at hand) and stayed home to pump for 10-15 minutes, every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. That had absolutly NO effect. So, a week or so later, I gave it another go. Took a few days off of work, started 4 (610mg) capsules of Fenugreek, 3 times a day. And pumped 15-20 minutes ever 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Still, I am running out of my freezer stockpile, and feel that at this rate I will have no choice but to begin the introduction of formula sometime within the next two or three days.
I am SSOOO sad! I don't want this to be over!!! I DON'T want her to have formula....EVER!!
Do I need to just deal with the fact that this time is upon us? Do I have to give up? Or is there something else I can do?
Thanks so much for reading this!! And Thanks in advance for any advise or suggestions you might have!!!
oh yeah, I feel it important to mention that my mother is a lactation consultant, and upon asking her about this issue she has said that I am doing everything that I can and if that's not working to increase my supply "sometimes that just happens and there is nothing you can do"
Have am having so much trouble accepting that answer though.
Please help if you can!!! Thanks again!!!!