I have never been one of those fortunate people that produce a lot of milk. I have to work HARD for what I get out. I nurse on demand drink until I pee every 30 minutes, eat all the recommended food, and take all my vitamins. I went back to work 11 weeks after DD was born and pumped as often as I could to make sure my body kept up. I finally started producing enough to keep up with LO's appetite and was getting about 10 oz a day at work! Well over the weekend I got pretty sick and now I am lucky if I produce 6 oz in the day and I'm having to supplement with formula. I power pumped twice yesterday and am nursing on demand. I feel like I'm doing everything I can and I'm getting to the point where I may ask my Dr for some Reglan(sp?) to up the supply, but I know that's only a temporary solution. Is breastfeeding ending for me? I am at a loss.
Re: Got sick/Supply went down
DD1: allergic to eggs & dairy
DD2: milk and soy protein intolerant, allergic to eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, bananas
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DH is on morning shift, so I also pump when I first wake up...as DD gets older (and after the mastitis) I get less and less then too. Used to be a solid 10-14oz at that sitting but I now get 8-10. My previous oversupply left me with a decent freezer stash though, so I should be good to get to a year even though I'm operating at a deficit now.
Should probably note that DD is a big eater and generally takes 24-32oz of bottles/day (and nurses twice in the evening) so good thing I produce a lot.