I gave birth to twin girls just a little over 4 weeks ago. They were 5 weeks early and small so they had a really tough time latching and sucking... they just weren't strong enough. I met with a LC while in the hospital and they got me set up with a Symphony pump that we continued to rent once we came home. We had to start the girls on formula b/c I was producing almost nothing and they needed to put on weight to regulate their temps. One of the girls had to stay in the NICU for a week. During this time I tried to nurse the other and pump (we still had to supplement b/c of their size). I was only able to get about 5ml a day pumping from both breasts which I alternated between the two of them. Recovery was really tough which only made things harder and more frustrating. At about 3w PP I developed shingles and had to stop breastfeeding completely to keep the girls safe (it was on my chest). I still pumped and managed to get about 1/3 oz total on a good day. We finally were able to attempt BF again last week but of course the girls still aren't great at it b/c they haven't had much practice and fall asleep after about 5-10 min so they are still getting formula (b/c the ped wants them to continue to gain weight). I've continued to pump but have NEVER been able to produce more than the 1/2 oz total in a day. It's really disheartening b/c while they may not be able to BF and I'm ok with supplementing, I'd like to be able to supply them with at least some pumped milk.
It doesn't seem to make a difference how much I pump. Is this just the max I'm going to be able to produce? I'm worried that at almost 5w PP this is as good as it's going to get Sorry for the novel!
ETA: I have a call in to a LC but haven't heard back yet. Just looking for some encouragement