thxs ladies. I know I am not drinking enough water and I also started the mamma tea the last few days and that has helped. I started counting how much she was eating in 24hrs and its really close to 24 ounces. I estimated from actual pumpings and bf sessions.
Julia, I'm honestly pretty shocked you HAVEN'T really had supply issues before, since you've been using the shield the whole time. It is very common for supply to drop when you use the shield full time. Have you thought about finding someone to help you wean her off the shield? Any IBCLC should be able to help, I have known a couple Lactation Consultants with this credential and they are pretty amazing. Have you asked about weaning off the shield at LLL meetings? I know you went to one a while back
Hooch, sorry to hear that you're having supply issues! Hopefully that cold/sinus ickyness goes away soon!
LLL meetings didn't help because people just said to keep trying and I have lots of screaming and tears later. I stopped with the LCs because it was getting WAY to expensive and nothing was working so here we are 8 months later and still using the thing....
Ok I asked, she actually used a shield for 3 months with her first son, so she had a couple suggestions they may or may not have told you First, try nursing her for a minute with the shield, then distract her and pull it off and see if she'll go back on. Keep doing this every time she nurses if you can. Was this what you tried before that resulted in lots of tears? Another thing you can try is nursing her shield free in the bathtub, sometimes that helps, as does nursing her shield free when she's still half asleep. The LC said she just kept trying and one day her son just refused the shield and wanted to latch on.
Another thing I just thought of, what position is she in when you nurse her? Have you tried a more upright position, like she is sitting upright on your lap and you nurse her?
I hope some of this helps! If not, don't be discouraged! Try relaxing and having a day where you spend lots of skin on skin time, maybe a shirtless day for you, see if that will get her more interested in the breast. I am proud of you for making it this far with the shield, I can't even imagine how tough that must be!
If any of you still read this, I have a question. I am noticing the week before AF arrives, my supply dips like crazy- almost in half. In addition to eating oatmeal and drinking tons of water,etc., during these days, anyone have any other good suggestions? It makes it really hard to pump enough for her when I am working. She gets fussy when it's low and doesn't sleep well, so we have a week every month that things are just "off".