My baby is 3 weeks old and I've been bottle feeding her due to me starting work next week (i get to take her to work with me though, which is great!).
I give her formula and breastmilk but I was hoping to get to a point where I would be only expressing and giving her only breast milk.
My milk supply has been decreasing considerably. I used to be able to express 70ml 2 weeks ago.. now its more like 20ml and I don't know what to do... I'm finding myself using more and more formula because I don't get enough milk when I'm expressing.
I am expressing 10 minutes each breast though I would say after a minute I get a strong let down that lasts 4 minutes and then I get nothing for the remaining 5 minutes. I used to get 10 minutes of milk coming out.. now its reduced to 5 minutes.
Because my milk supply is decreasing its becoming frustrating to pump.. I pump and pump and sometimes nothing will come out!
Since last weekend I stopped pumping as much as I used to, its not what I wanted, I'm just frustrated to be pumping and have nothing.
So my question is.. if I increase my pumping sessions to every 2 hrs (I'm doing it every 4 hrs even longer lately as I'm frustrated).. even if nothing comes out.. would that increase my milk supply? how long would i have to wait to notice a difference?
what else can I do to increase my supply?