Robin - posted on 04/25/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
My baby is 6 mo and I have breastfed with no formula so far. However, her weight percentage has been going down steadily since 2mo and now the Dr. would like to supplement some formula. (about 1 bottle worth a day) I trust this Dr. (I work with him) and agree with his counsel. However, I would like to continue to feed, which he says is great. However, when I go to pump, I have problems with my let down, letting down! It's like I will get some, but not nearly what I know is there. I believe my production isn't what it should be (thus the weight percentage going down...) but I am not pumping much. Like 3 oz. When I know I feel full and have gotten more before.
Any helpful hints??? The other thing is, my let down doesn't let down easily, EVER. When I am in the store and hear babies cry, nothing. When my baby cries, unless I am FULL, nothing. I haven't had to wear nursing pads, b/c I NEVER leak! It's weird sounding I know but it's true. My reflex seems to only let down when I put her to the breast, except sometimes at the pump, when I am reallyyy full.
Any helpful, uplifting advice or ideas would be helpful.
Please know this is difficult for me emotionally, and I would like to avoid "you aren't trying hard enough" comments. Please keep those to yourself. I have tried things such as cluster feeds, blessed thistle, frequent nursing and pumping and my supply has not increased. I wish it would, but it hasn't, so I truly feel this is necessary. Thanks for understanding... :)