My baby is 6 weeks old. About 3 weeks ago I had to stop breast feeding. I wasn't able to quite keep up with her appetite. After a complicated labor and extremely complicated delivery that resulted in a c-section that resulted in more complications and a week in the hospital I couldn't handle the stress. So my husband could help me out we had to start formula feeding. I hate it. Hate hate hate it. I hate formula. The bottle has caused nipple confusion so when I did nurse I had to use a nipple shield.
I noticed last week that I'm still able to produce a very, very minute amount of milk so I called a lactation consultant and went out and rented a Medela Symphony pump, got some Mother's Milk Plus (liquid herbal supplement that tastes like celery liqueur, ick), and have been pumping 8-10 times a day. The last few days I've been doing a power pumping session at least once a day. The lactation consultant told me to pump twice at night but I can't, I'm just too exhausted. It's the only time I can get any sleep so I sleep through the alarm clock both times. She also told me I can ask my doctor for a prescription for Reglan if I need it.
So here's where I'm having a mini crisis. I've only been able to produce 1/4 ounce per pump since I started last Sunday. I got 1/2 ounce once last night, and this morning when I woke up I couldn't pump more than one single drop. I've been drinking plenty of water, I get enough sleep (I think), I eat healthy, I take my prenatal vitamins, the last couple days I haven't been taking my celery liqueur which is my fault. Would forgetting to take it for two days really negatively impact my supply like that?
Does Reglan really work? Does power pumping more than once a day help? I know the more you pump the better, but the pump makes my boobs a little sore. Not the nipple, but the areola. I can't nurse my baby because she won't latch, there's not enough in it for her to try I guess, so I'm stuck with the pump until I can get enough to bribe her with. So I wonder if power pumping two or more times a day would bring a big enough result to make sore boobs worth it.
Should I call my doctor and get a prescription? How much does Reglan cost? We're a little broke right now so I can't go out spending tons more money on new breast shells for the pump to see if they work better or one of those nursing aids, but if I absolutely have to I will I guess.
I may not be able to keep up with my baby's needs but by damn I want to at least be able to provide breast milk for her. If I can substitute one or two of her bottles a day with expressed milk or, better yet, nurse her to supplement then I'd be perfectly happy. It's better than nothing, but first I have to get my supply back up and it's not working. Is there anything I should be doing different or anything else I should try?