Lil' man is now almost 11 weeks old! How time flies....
I had been looking forward to breastfeeding from the moment I knew I was pregnant. I couldn't wait to share that bond with my baby and I knew it would be the absolute very best for him. I took a breastfeeding class while I was pregnant and I read articles and blogs and books and any piece of information I could find to gain enough knowledge to try to make breastfeeding successful. I went in knowing that it can be a very difficult journey for mommy and baby to get things just right. I went in with an open mind, but still determined to make it work.
Once LM was born, it was time to put it to the test. My expectations were blown out of the water. From the minute he was placed on my chest in recovery, he bobbed around and latched on almost immediately. I couldn't believe it - I had an overachiever and we were going to be just fine! The next few days and next few weeks, things went wonderfully and couldn't be better. (OK, that's a lie, whenever he latched on I had to prevent myself from crying and throwing something across the room because of the pain, but it went away shortly after and things were perfect again) During my maternity leave, I started building up a supply of milk in my freezer. I heart my Medela pump and my plan to successfully breastfeed (for at least one year) were laid out in front of me. I felt so very lucky, this was wonderful! I love the bonding with my guy and knowing that I am able to provide the most basic need a mother can for him. He went from 9 lbs at birth to over 13 lbs at 2 months! I had good milk and plenty of it!
Flash forward to seven weeks after LM was born - I started back to work. The first few weeks of pumping were just fine. Plenty for the next day and I was still able to build the stash in the freezer.
This week, things are different. My supply over the last few days has dropped significantly. WHY!? Eating the same, sleeping the same, drinking the same, stress level is the same. What is going on? I'm barely (or not even) able to pump enough for the next day which forces us to dip into our freezer stash that's slowly going down. I'm worried I'm not producing enough to satisfy him in the evenings. This causes more stress and probably does nothing to help my milk supply.
Anyone out there have any suggestions? I'm already pumping three times during the work day and feeding very regularly in the evenings. LM is sleeping about 6 hours at night though, so feeding less often then. I know there are products and supplements out there to help increase milk supply but I'm very wary before taking anything. (I'm open to suggestions though) It breaks my heart to think of supplementing with formula. Anyone have any advice for a struggling mama?