Hi, I am new here. I have actually come to the forums and read information many times but never posted. I am feeling so frustrated at this point and I need help, adivce and guidance! My baby girl will be 7 months old in about a week.
I have had milk supply issues from the beginning, it took my milk 1 1/2 weeks to come in. I was drinking mothers milk tea and taking Fenugreek and it finally came in. We did have to supplement with formula briefly, but I stoppped using it at all once my milk came in. My baby had major difficulty latching on but by the time she was a month old, we seemd to have it down. My baby always nursed very frequently, sometimes every hour.
We started some solid foods at 4 months as her pediatrician said she seemed ready. I did notice she started nursing every 2 to 2 1/2 hours once we started solids. We moved when she was 4 months old and it was a very stessfull time. I stopped drinking the mothers milk tea and stopped taking fenugreek around this time because I thought my supply was ok. After we moved I started nursing laying down which is something I had never done before. When she would wake up in the morning and the middle of the night, I would nurse her laying down and then she would nurse and go to sleep next to me. I didn't think this was a problem then, but I now think this was what started my supply problems.
At about 5 months old my baby started nursing for 3-5 minutes on each side and she would scream and cry like she was still hungry. I would try to put her on the breast and she would just pull off, she seemed totally disinterested. She also started waking up several times throughout the night, which she was previously not doing. We took her in for a check up and she all of a sudden had not been gaining weight as well as she should. I determined that my supply must have somehow dwindled, possibly from nursing laying down. I wonder now if she wasn't getting as much milk as she used to causing my supply to almost diminish. I am a stay at home Mom, so I had not been pumping for a long time because there was never a need to. I came on the forums here and saw that I should pump after every feeding. I have the Medela pump in style so I have a good pump. I started nursing her as much as possible. I would just put her on the breast as much as she would take it. I also started pumping after every feeding. I started out pumping literally drops. It took about a month, but by the time she was 6 months old I was pumping around 2 ounces a day (several pumping sessions). My baby seemed happier and she gained some weight. She still was not sleeping well at all which meant I was not sleeping well. I gave in and started giving her 2-3 ounces of formula at bedtime and she started sleeping again. I still do this at night and give her either 3 ounces of either pumped breastmilk bottle or formula.
Things were fine until about 2 weeks ago and she started doing the same thing again, acting hungry and yet disinterested in the breast. I still pump twice a day but right around this time I went from pumping 2 ounces per day to 1/2 an ounce per day. Nothing has changed. I am still drinking mothers milk tea, and taking fenugreek. I drink lots and lots of water. She nurses about every 2- 3 hours and eats solids 3 times per day now. I've started pumping after every feeding again but I am just getting exhausted. I just feel so frustrated. No matter what I do, my supply just stinks! I dont have insurance so I cant go to the doctor myself to see if they can figure out what is going on. I really want to continue to breastfeed my daughter but its getting exhausting to have to work so hard to keep my supply up. I am SO jealous of all the women who make enough milk for their babies because I know in my heart I am not. It has been such a struggle and I just don't know what to do anymore.... HELP!!!