Exclusively pumping for my 8 month old and having trouble keeping up.
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|Tue, 10-02-2012 - 8:07pm|
I exclusively breast fed (from the breast) up until around 6 months, however with going back to work, my son preferred the bottle and then outrightly refused to nurse, forcing me to go towards exclusively pumping breast milk. I was able to pump around 25 oz per day (my largest pump in the morning). Around 7 1/2 months my supply dropped immensly. I am lucky if I get around 10 oz a day. I am pumping the same amount about 3 to 4 times daily for about 40 mins. As my son decided to wean himself, he bit me (ouch!) and tore skin. Which meant that whenever I pumped, I seemed to open the spot again and I was having a hard time to heal. Right before my son turned 8 months, I encountered the return of my period (FUN!) and mastitis for which I required antibiotics. Currently, I am healed, (both from the bite and from the mastitis), but I am forced to supplement with formula. My son is not a fan of the formula--he much prefers breastmilk and I really want to have that be the primary means of liquid nutrition for him.Does anyone have any good ideas for building the supply back up so late in the game. I had a fabulous supply earlier but I can't seem to get it to go back up. Should I start pumping every couple hours like I did when he was an infant? I don't want to re-open any spots on my nipples (they get raw from pumping for so long--even with the lansinoh). Any ideas would be so helpful! Thank you in advance