Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
I'm EBF my daughter. She will be four months on Christmas Eve. I recently started working again. I work 7-9 hour shifts, and only get a half hour break. This break is used to pump. I don't get time to eat or drink anything because my whole break is used for pumping.
My milk is starting to dry up!!! What do I do? I asked my doctor about it and they want me to take fenugreek. I don't like taking anything, herbal or not. And I suck at remembering to take anything. So, what am I supposed to do? It doesn't help that my daughter doesn't nurse as long or as often anymore. My breast are almost always squishy now. They don't seem full anymore. And when they do, they are engorged and I am unable to pump or nurse.
My daughter now latches on and drains my breast, and continues to suck. So, I burp her and switch sides. She then precedes to drain that breast and still sucks. I don't have set hours, and my shifts change from day to day.
All these changes are sending mixed signals to my brain. Either I'm engorged or so empty that I'm not satisfying her. I'm getting so frustrated. And it's causing me pain.
I don't want to stop BF, but at the same time, I do.
I feel so awful for wanting to stop because I know it's best for her... but my breast hurt from these constant changes. What would you mommies out there do?
I hate the idea of quitting and switching to formula. But I'm so tired all of the time and sore.
I suppose I should mention that I never have time to eat or drink enough for myself... so I have nothing to really give my daughter. Ahh!!! What do I do?