I have been EPing my 2.5 month-old daughter basically since birth. I've tried three different lactation consultants to get her to latch on properly but that just didn't happen because of my badly inverted nipples, so I am determined to EP as long as I have milk. But I just have too much of it!
I pump 6 times a day - which is the number of times I feed her, I usually pump about 4.2 oz per session (which is what our doctor says she needs per feeding at this age). But my breasts are almost always full and sore and hurt. I think I could pump twice that amount per feeding. (I usually pump from breast A at one feeding and breast B the next). I feel like I am going to burst. I've had two cases of mastitis already and lots of plugged ducts. I know I should only pump as little as possible until relief because if I pump more it will only tell my body to produce even more, so often times I cannot wait for the next pumping session, I wait for it like it were the best thing in my life, staring at the clock, waiting for the next session. What can I do? Sage tea helps me some, I usually drink two cups a day and it's ok for the next 2-3 days but then it goes back to huge breasts and physical and psychological discomfort.
So my questions are:
1) how to reduce milk supply
2) should i continue drinking sage tea - because I am afraid that my body will just get used to it and sage will no longer work to reduce supply
3) are there any meds to take? bromocreptine? (though i read that it can have bad side effects).
please help. I know it's bad of me, but I just cannot wait for this whole breasfeeding/pumping thing to be over and for me to stop worriying about my brests and become a FREE person at last...