sorry for the long post...
I have been struggling with nursing my 4.5 month old for a few weeks now. I think it started when he started sleeping through the night. I had a hard time keeping up my supply and adjusting to giving him all of his calories during the day. And he was getting very frustrated during feedings - off and on the breast, fussing. And he's at the age where he is very distracted while nursing any way. I was very upset.
Then we had a dr visit where he only gained 5 oz in a month. He dropped from 60th percentile to 40th in weight. The dr recommended supplementing with formula, but I wasn't ready for that.
So, I bought the Medela double pump and started pumping after every feeding and at night after he went to bed to try to get enough to supplement him after his last feeding with bm and to increase my supply. I was able to get about 3 oz total for the day, which seemed to satisfy him before bed.
I did that for about a week straight and it seemed like my supply was up and i was able to supplement him with bm. So I cut back on pumping, usually doing it only in the AM after he fed and at night a few hours after his last feed. And now my supply has cut back even more than before. I don't want to become completely reliant on the pump for obvious reasons, but I don't know how else to increase my supply. I am also drinking mothers milk tea.
The other weird thing is that baby gets very frustrated and pulls off acting like there's no milk, but when i squeeze my nipple, milk comes out. He usually does this a few minutes in when I think the hind milk is coming in and it's a slower flow. He only seems happy the first few minutes when the milk is just blasting at him! He doesn't have acid reflux or any other issues. We've been completely successful nursing until this point. And I'm not pregnant.
I'm at a loss. It is stressing me out so much that I think supplementing with formula may be the way to go. I don't want to, but this is making me feel like such a failure and I know that's not healthy.
Sorry again for the long post, but I would really appreciate any advice. I am planning to meet with a lactation consultant too.