Friday, December 30, 2011

STTN = Poor Supply

My boobs suck lately, and this makes me sad.  They used to be glorious, absolutely glorious.  I was pumping 15-18 ounces while at work and feeding Lucy at the breast the rest of the time.  She was always content and satisified after nursing.  But, something happened recently...something monumental... 

Lucy started sleeping.through.the.night and I got a little bit lazy.

Now, I'm lucky to pump 7-9 ounces while at work, and I've had to give Lucy a bottle after nursing for the past three nights.  (Needless to say, the freezer stash has become quite depleted.)

When Lucy Lu first started STTN, I had to pump one to two times before going to bed in order to avoid being completely engorged.  (The very first night that she STTN, I woke up with some crazy scary engorgement.  As in, my left boob was the size of a cantaloupe.  Casey can attest to this.)  But all that pumping got tedious, and I didn't want or need to store all that extra milk; so I slowly cut back the nightly pumping sessions.............entirely

selfish.selish.selish.
stupid.stupid.stupid.

I am sooooo mad at myself. 

Of course there are other factors contributing to my plummeting supply...not drinking enough, not eating enough, not sleeping enough, stressing too much.  I've started popping Fenugreek like Tic-Tacs and gagging myself with Motherlove More Milk drops 3-4 times each day, and have noticed a slight improvement after only 2 days.  Praying things continue to improve!  I will never ever ever ever forgive myself if Lucy has to switch to formula NOW, with just (a little over) two months to go.  Momma FAIL.

3 comments:

  1. This may be way TMI, but if you haven't started your period yet it may be on its way. That's the way it worked for me, STTN=AF. If that's the case my supply rebounded afterwards.

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  2. Growing Baby SheltonDecember 30, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Not TMI at all, what a comfort to know! Thank you :-)

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  3. If you're still trying to build your supply back up, try eating oatmeal every day for breakfast! It works. :-)

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