Re: Please help--I'm desperate. I can't empty my breasts!
I'm so sorry you're having such a rough time!
Is your baby nursing at all? If so, maybe the pumping isn't necessary. But if you're exclusively pumping, then I think you should see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. Nothing beats hands-on help!
If you're not nursing, this link may help you get your baby to the breast: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html
Pumping every 5 hours sounds like you're going too long without pumping. I know you said you get less when you increase the frequency, but have you tried for several days in a row? If not, try it as an experiment- you might notice your production slowly creeping upwards after a few days of increased frequency.
Do you happen to have any medical conditions aside from the gastric bypass? Hypothyroid or hyperthyroid, perhaps? PCOS? They can all affect supply, and hypothyroid is particularly common postpartum.
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