Monday, May 17, 2010

Drying up

I'm sad to say, I think I am, despite the oatmeal and fenugreek. Or at least I'm just not reacting to the pump anymore.

4.5 ounces over four pumps is a sad disappointment. Pretty discouraging. I remember the days, not that long ago, when I could get 16 or 20 ounces in those same four pumps.

Screw baby-led weaning on my days off. Those are my opportunities to boost supply whatever little bit I can, so I "remind" Cayden all day long how much he wants milky snacks. But I can tell he's not drinking what he used to, because now he's downing about six ounces of water from a sippy cup each day.

So here's the math I'm wrestling now:
- at least 29 work days 'til my little guy's first birthday
- 38 frozen baggies, 5 ounces each
- daily pump output as low as 4.5 ounces

Uggh, this is more complex than calculus. And loads more stressful.


nsees said...

I'm sure you already offer him milk before his meals but instead of water in the sippy cup can you put milk...maybe getting more pumping in on your days off. For example after he nurses and you feel like he didn't drink as much, pump afterwards.

GL!!! You're so close to that one-year mark :-) Good job, mama!

Jen said...

I'm at 7.5 months and struggling a bit as well. We're at about 6-7 ounces for 4 sessions so I've had one or sometimes two nightly sessions to top off the two bottles he gets while I'm at work.

Have you tried lactation cookies? They seem to give me a couple ounce boost daily. They sell brewers yeast at wegmans which was the one ingredient I had a hard time finding.

Congrats to you for being so close to the finish line!