I just need someone to tell me that it can be done. Or that it can't. Whatever. I'm so discouraged today.
I've posted quite a few questions here with my story, but here it is again. LO was small when she was born, 5lbs 12oz, but full term and healthy. Her latch was very shallow and painful in the hospital and by the time we got home, she would not latch at all. I started EPing the day after we got home, every 2 hours, so she would have BM to eat. I was getting enough, at that point, to keep up with her. I got sick and ran a high fever for about 10 days when she was maybe 2 weeks old, and we had to start supplementing with formula because my supply went down. It has increased some from there, but I am still only pumping about 1.5-3 ounces total, every 2-3 hours. I'm taking Fenugreek, eating oats, lactation cookies with brewers yeast, drinking tons of water, pumping a lot, I even bought a new/better pump (Medela PISA). I don't know what else to do and I feel like maybe I will just never be able to increase my supply.
It depresses me to have to keep giving her formula. I feel like my BM doesn't satisfy her, and she's fussier/hungrier after a BM bottle. It upsets me to be tied to this stupid pump every 2 hours for 30 minutes and barely get any milk. It makes me want to quit. I know some BM is better than none, but is there any point to me trying so hard? Has anyone been in my situation and actually managed to build up any kind of supply? Everyone keeps telling me it can be done, but I'm starting to not believe it.