Quoting kate♥[j&a]:" As for getting baby back to boob, there is something called a Suppelmental Nursing System (SNS) that ... [snip!] ... to do besides just putting baby on the boob but with using the SNS your LO would actually be getting some milk from your boobs."
I've used the SNS, however they aren't really recommended anymore because it doesn't allow the baby to form a good latch and suction. The formula comes out of the tube without much effort at all, so it more likely causes a weak suck. When you bottle feed, use bottles and nipples that are as close to the breast as possible (I use Playtex Drop-Ins with the slow flow nipple). My DD went 2 weeks without latching on and when I tried again, it took her a minute but she got it right away. I credit the bottles for her not losing that instinct.
I stopped exclusively BFing my DD soon after we left the hospital because she was jaundiced and it was getting worse by the day...she was losing weight, getting sleepier, and for some reason she just couldn't get the milk out. It was THERE, she just couldn't get it (I also have a hard time getting it out with a pump).
I'm not going to lie, re-lactating is hard work and it takes dedication and time. You will get to points where you get discouraged. I borrowed a hospital grade pump from WIC and was told to put my baby on the breast until she was done, then give her formula, then pump for 20 minutes. Let me tell you, unless you have a baby that doesn't mind being put down for periods of 20 minutes every 2 hours or so, it's HARD. It got to the point where I was only pumping 3 times a day at the most because she always wanted to be in my arms. And after 3 weeks I had to return the pump and only have a manual pump now. I'm still working on it, however. If you can do it, it's the greatest gift you can give your baby.
Fenugreek is good... Also, try having oat pancakes with the artificial maple syrup. Oats are good for milk production, and the syrup is actually flavored with fenugreek (that's what gives it the maple flavor...you might end up smelling like waffles for awhile lol). There are teas that contain herbs to assist with lactation as well (Earth Mama Angel Baby makes one, but there are others), and there are herb mixtures specifically for lactation, as well as tinctures.
Keep latching your LO. Even though it seems she's only using you as a pacifier, ANY stimulation of your nipples by her is going to help with milk production. Latch her on before giving her a bottle and let her suckle until she doesn't want to anymore (this is tough with my LO because she can be hungry but still just sit there and suckle until she falls asleep...stinker lol). Then pump for 20 minutes afterward as soon as you can.
Now that my DD is settling into a routine and I can put her down for periods during the day without her fussing and getting upset, I can concentrate on getting my supply back up.
If you want to give me a shout sometime if you're frustrated or just need to vent, you're more than welcome to. I'm pretty much in the same position.