So, breastfeeding started off well in the first month, but after that my supply went down. I started having some post partum depression issues and it was difficult to get my son to stay on the breast long enough to eat/stimulate milk production, etc. and it became a vicious cycle. I thought my supply went up and we introduced a bottle of BM(because I am going back to work in a month) and the boy seemed to get nipple confusion and refused to nurse at the breast. I am assuming my supply was still low. I tried to get him back on the breast for over a week, supplementing with feeding him BM with a dropper, etc. I saw a lactation consultant and she said my supply was low. I started taking fenugreek and pumping 3 times a day. Things did not improve and I think my stress level went up because I was constantly worried if my son was getting enough to eat. Then yesterday, my supply really seemed to tank and I ended up taking my son to the doctor because he only had 2 barely wet diapers in a 15 hour time span and he would not eat at the breast. He had lost 10 ounces in a day and a half. The doctor stated that I needed to at least supplement with formula, which I really didn't want to do, but given the state of affairs and my mental state, I agreed. I am wanting to try and get him back on the breast, but It seems unlikely. I am seeing the lactation consultant tomorrow to see if anything can be done. My son is 8 weeks old tomorrow.
If I can't breastfeed, I would like to try and exclusively pump.My questions are about what type of pump is good to use if I end up pumping? I have an older model Medela pump in style that does not seem to do a good job.
Also, since my supply is low right now, how often would I need to pump to get my supply up to try and feed him exclusively with breastmilk?
I am trying to not feel horribly guilty about this. I felt so good about having a natural, drug free labor and breastfeeding my son... I guess you never know what sort of curveball life will throw you.