Feeling down and like a failure

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Registered: 05-04-2012
Feeling down and like a failure
Fri, 05-04-2012 - 10:30am

My little one is 6.5 months old.  I have been nursing her in the evenings and pumping while away at work, but lately she doesn’t want to nurse at night.  All she will do is cry when I try to nurse her. She latches on and pulls off right away crying.  I thought that I would just starting pumping all the time.  However, I am lucky if I get two ounces each pumping session so I am hardly getting enough for 1 bottle.  I pump every 3 hours.  Just this week we started to supplement with formula.  I feel like such a failure that I cannot give my child everything that she needs.  I used to pump 4-5 ounces each time, but that has gone down drastically.  I have tried to drink Mother’s Milk Tea, taking the herbs, drinking more water, eating more food, and nothing changes.  I will read a book, watch TV, talk to friends, while I pump and those have been unsuccessful too.  I am not quite sure what else to try.  I am almost at my breaking point and ready to quit, but I really want by baby to have breast milk L