I have read through the stickies on this and also have been following a few recent posts about upping supply but I still have some questions.
I got sick, really sick, 19th-22nd. As hard as I tried to keep up with water intake, I still found myself in the emergency room with dehydration on the 21st. I had two bags of fluid, hung out and watched crappy TV for a few hours and went home. I nursed babe as much as possible during this nasty bug's stay. Dad gave a bottle or two to help out. Thankfully no one else in the house caught it.
Fast forward to return to work on the 24th (last Tuesday). I was nearly in tears. I only pumped 7 ounces the whole day. My usual output is 11-12 and that is generally what babe needs for the next day. I had enough milk on hand to get me through Wednesday and Thursday. I took Friday off to spend some quality time with the babe at the breast. Thursday I started taking Fenugreek--I took I think 4 that day. Friday I upped it to 9 total. Then I found the recent post where Tabi said 12 a day. So Saturday and Sunday I took 12 each day. I also started drinking Mother's Milk tea again on Thursday (3-5 cups a day). Also, I have been making sure to drink 100 ounces of water a day. In addition, I pumped every 2 hours on Friday, a few times on Saturday (was not able to do the every two hours since no one was home with me), and three times yesterday. While I was sick, I had no appetite and I know I was not getting 1800 calories a day. I have made sure over this three day weekend to really make an effort to get my calorie intake back up.
I think finally today I am seeing an increase in supply. I was able to pump 11 ounces which will be what he needs for tomorrow (I'm gone for as long as 10 hours). I am hopeful that today's output is a good indicator that my supply for pumping is back (or that I am responding to the pump again). Once I am certain it's where I need it to be, what do I do about all the supplements I am taking? I don't want to cause some freaky problem the other way but of course I don't want to go back to stressing about my pumping output.
Your advice is really appreciated. I have gained a TON of knowledge from lurking in this group and I am so very thankful. Between the awesome Lactation Consultant at the hospital, my best friend and this group, you have helped me through babe's first 10 months...hoping for at least 10 more!