I breastfeed, pump, and supplement with formula but would like to use as little formula as possible. It is a good thing that my 2mth old son will take anything I give him and in any form, bottle or breast (lucky me, I know). However, I do want him to have more breast milk than formula. The problem is that since I've started pumping, which was when he was 2 weeks old, my milk supply has dropped. I had PLENTY of milk to begine with so I know that I can produce enough in the right situation. My baby was just a very lazy eater and it took me an hour sometimes to get him to wake up and get full so I went the bottle route.
I do take fenugreek and blessed thistle and this has helped some. However, I'm only getting 4oz in the mornings and 2oz at each pumping session during the rest of the day. I have tried to increase my pumping sessions and I still only get 2oz each time.
Has anyone experimented with the speeds on the Medela PIS? Does it really make a difference? Do the slower speeds extract more milk?
Also, I am starting to wonder if my 24mm breastshields are too small? I have been to the Medela sight and read all about how to choose the correct breastsheild but I'm still not sure. I do know that my nipples are bigger than some women. They do not move freely and do touch the sides of the sheild. However, they are never sore after pumping.
Has anyone had this experience with the breastshields?