I knew I wanted to breastfeed before I had Liam. I was always told to be patient with myself and the baby since we’d both be learning on the job. I was blessed with a boy who was hungry and knew what to do as soon as he was born. He latched on immediately and ate for an hour in the delivery room. I actually had to detach him after an hour because the nursery had to measure and bath him.
We were doing great until week 3. He hit a growth spurt and I think he’s been in one ever since. My milk supply just can’t keep up with the hungry boy! We’re fine in the morning when it’s been a full 4 hours since I’ve pumped. But, as the day goes on, I run low with him eating every 2 hours. I have had to start supplementing him with pumped breast milk in the evenings.
I was pumping with the Medela Harmony manual pump, but it was taking 40+ minutes to get 2 ounces of milk. Instead of buying the $400 Medela electric pump, I bought the $120 Lansinoh pump. It’s a double electric pump and when I’m full in the middle of the night I can get 3 ounces in 4 minutes. Pretty awesome!
I took the extra step of eating oatmeal every day and taking fenugreek supplements. Still, we’re faced with the same issue. I’ve also noticed that my supply is low after I’ve exercised. I just don’t know if I should just get up to pump every 2 hours at night to keep the demand going or just continue to pump/feed every 4 hours at night. Decisions…
So, let’s talk breastfeeding. What are some of your questions/issues/concerns? Got any advice for my short supply of milk?