I have spent the past few hours reading stories of people's success building supply and relactating, but when I see the "starting" amounts, the amounts people describe as being "supply problems" I start to despair.
My baby is 2.5 weeks. I saw an LC on Wednesday who said I had suppressed lactation, and put me on More Milk Plus supplements, a rigid pumping schedule, and I rented a Medela symphony double electric. On Friday, I was feeling pretty good because my suply was steadily increasing from 3 ml a breast per pump to 10 ml per breast per pump.
My pediatrician, still concerned about my daughter's weight gain (she never lost more than 10% of her birth weight but hasn't put on any weight yet) said we needed to start supplementing with formula, but I was to keep pumping to see if my supply improved and feed her everything I pumped. Today, I'm doing about 3/4 ounce on each breast per pump.
Friday night, I spoke to the LC again, who was all gloom and doom this time. She said all my pumping/fenugreek/oatmeal was "too little too late". This is a registered lactation consultant who came highly recommended. So the fact that *she's* so pessimistic about my chances is really bumming me out! Even my pedi seems more optimistic? Everyone is already telling me I've failed and I didn't even know I had a problem until Tuesday!
My friend watched me pump the other day and remarked on how I'm "dripping, not squirting" and says that when she pumps, she has a stream of milk coming out. The people I see on here complaining about supply are getting 3-4 oz per pump.
Am I just kidding myself? Did anyone else here go from "dripping" to "streaming?" Has anyone else been counting their output in mls and then in ounces?
Someone give me some good news. I'm ready to cry.