My DD is now 4-1/2 weeks old and though we really want to be bfing exclusively, she hadn't gained enough weight so our pediatrician asked that we supplement as well. Since doing so, we've noticed that the amount of supplement is outweighing the amount of breastmilk and my milk supply is a big issue.
I pump as often as I can, and I bf often, too - but DD gets upset and starts yanking on my breasts (esp. one in particular) b/c she's not getting enough milk so we give her supplement. It breaks my heart that I'm not producing enough, and I'm really trying but I don't want DD to suffer and not get the nourishment she needs. My left breast produces at most 1/2 oz and my right breast doesn't even cover the bottom of the bottle I'm pumping in. I know you can't gauge based on pumping, but based on other posts I've read, it seems like I'm really not producing much...
She was 8lbs 2oz when she was born and she appears to be around 8lbs 5oz now. She'll be 5 weeks old on Thursday.
I'm taking Reglan (though I OFTEN forget to take it before my meal and I know I need to fix that) - my ob wouldn't prescribe Dom b/c it's not FDA approved.
What else can I do? Now that the inlaws are gone finally, I can sit in bed with the pump or the baby or both attached to me all day. I actually took someone elses suggestion and created a pump bra by cutting holes in the bra so I can 'wear' my pump vs. having to hold it. What a great little invention so far.
I am an overachiever and not being able to do this is so frustrating for me. Any help/recommendations are greatly appreciated.