Melissa - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
All of a sudden I'd say within the last week or so I have not been able to pump enough milk to send to the babysitters for my 6 month old daughter. I'm getting worried that I may have to start using formula and that is not something I want to do. At first I didn't think I was going to like breastfeeding but it has turned out to be the best feeling ever to be able to give her what she needs. I am under a bit of stress because of work but it isn't anything new. Does anyone have any ideas on how to work through this? I called the lactation consultant at my local hospital but it does take them quite a while to get back to you. I need something to try sooner than later before I have to go to formula. I look forward to hearing your ideas! Thanks ladies!
Maybe I need to add a bit more info to my question. I pump at 5:30 in the morning because she doesn't get up till between 7- 7:30 and we need to leave right away so that I can go to work. I work fulltime. Then I pump again at 9:30, 12:30 and 3:30. I used to be able to get the 13 oz I need to send to the sitter but I can't get it anymore I am lucky to get 8oz. Jocelyn gets a 6.5 oz bottle at 7-7:30, 10-11, and 3-4 then when I get home I nurse her as soon as I walk in the door which isn't usually till 6pm. I have off on Friday's right now and let me tell you I totally look forward to them, and when we are home together I try to nurse her more frequently to help keep my supply up. I never really feel full anymore so I am lost. She isn't sleeping through the night so I am worried that my supply is getting low all together and that is why my fear of having to go the formula route. Maybe this information will help explain a little more