Quoting Boob Tick's Mom ebft.: This thread is for those who think they have a low milk supply, how to identify if you DO, and would ... [snip!] ... about the above issues, 2 who've EPed, one who successfuly relactated, and myself who has a little training in being an LC.
First of all, I am SO glad to have found this thread! Here's my story/issue:
My son is 3mos old (as of Saturday!) And I have been primarily bfing. I had to return to work when he was 3 weeks old, due to severe HG during my pregnancy making me take maternity leave early. I had a significant pumped milk supply before going back to work, but my son ate through that within my first week back and what I was able to pump after wasn't enough to make up the difference. I have no breaks at work, and even if I was able to take a break, I have no where to pump or store the milk. Because of this, I feel like my supply has dwindled during the day, as I work approx 4 days a week. My hours can also fluctuate.
So! Here is my question...
Is it possible that going through my shifts at work (usually 5 hours each, give or take) could be seriously effecting my supply on my days off or through the rest of the day?
When I am not working, my son is EBF. He really only gets a bottle if I'm totally unavailable, be it of bm or formula. However, over the past few weeks, he will go to breast the minute I walk in the door, feed for 20+ minutes, and still scream til given a bottle with at least 4oz. He is not gaining massive amounts of weight or length, as if he were in a growth spurt. He is a big boy and has always been a good eater, but this seems off for him.
My second question... If my supply is indeed low, would it be worth it for me to take febugreek or some sort of supplement to try to get my supply back to adequate levels, or would it be pointless due to my work situation?
Thanks in advance ladies! Sorry for the novel!