I’ve been breast feeding now for 8 1/2 months. You would think that I’d be over stressing about my milk supply by now but I guess I’m not. I pump every night before I go to bed. Usually I pump between 3-5 oz. Saturday night I pumped and got just about nothing. I was stressed out though and so I chalked it up to that. Sunday night wasn’t much better. I only got about 1/2 an ounce in the 12-15 minutes I spent pumping. I started to worry. Had I been working out too much? Was Brooks getting enough during his feedings? Yesterday I decided to take action. I made an effort to drink a ton of water all day. At lunch I took two fenugreek pills. I also drank 2 beers (over the course of about 4 hours). I pumped last night at my usual time and bam! 5 ounces! I was excited. I honestly don’t know which (if any) of these methods worked. Over the course of Brooks’s life I have had many times when my milk supply seems to waiver. I don’t ever feel like he’s not getting enough but when I go to pump there are times when I just can’t get any milk. This can be so frustrating and sometimes stressful. I’ve researched this issue many times in the past. It seems that a pump is never as efficient as your baby. Just because you aren’t able to pump large amounts (or sometimes any) milk doesn’t mean that your baby isn’t getting plenty. I know when I am stressed or in a hurry I don’t pump as much. You can get lots of suggestions for increasing your milk supply in this article by KellyMom (click here). Mostly though I need to remember not to freak out when this happens.
On a similar but somewhat different note, Brooks had decided recently that he only wants milk from the source. He won’t take a bottle. We have been practicing drinking water out of a sippy cup but he hasn’t quite mastered that skill. Although I’m not away from him all that much and the fact that he loves food helps, this is still a bit stressful for me. Not to mention that I have a freezer full of breast milk. If you are wondering why I’m still pumping, it’s because I’m nuts. I treat breast milk like a precious resource. I plan on giving it to Brooks after I have weaned him off of nursing. I also use it to mix in with some of his food. Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions on how to get him to take milk out of a bottle again, please let me know! I’m going to do a little research online as well but I’d love to hear from anyone who has had this problem and overcame it.
To all of you mommies out there, you rock! Being a momma is hard work. It is also the greatest joy of my life. Keep up the good work!