So I've been having some issues with pumping and getting as much milk as I was in the past. I've been blaming it on my pump. Especially since the new Ameda pump is not the same as my original. It's not as strong and doesn't function as well.
Well, now for the last few days I've been using a Medela Pump In Style Advanced and I'm not seeing an improvement. As a matter of fact, my first pumping session at work this morning resulted in only 5 ounces. I used to be able to get 8-10 the first time I pumped.
So maybe it wasn't the pump. Maybe it's my body that is crapping out instead. That makes me sad. We still have three months to make it to my goal of a year of breastfeeding. If things continue on the way they have been that is never gonna happen.
I know I should probably increase my number of pumping sessions at work, but I am already spending an hour a day with the two that I do right now. It would be one thing if I had a private office and could pump while I worked, but I share an office and have to go to an empty room to pump, so that is an hour of productivity out the window.
I'm not totally throwing in the towel and stopping. But I might have to resign myself to the fact that we are going to have to start forking out some cash for formula to get us through the next three months (he has been getting some formula right now, but only about 5 oz a day).
In the meantime I am going to chug water like it's going out of style and nurse him and pump the hell out of myself this 3 day weekend and see if that helps.
Please body, go back to working like you were. I want to provide for the munchkin for just a little while longer...