My answer came in the form of the International Breastfeeding Centre (ibc). Their website is jam packed full of helpful information. You can check them out at your leisure, but here are the key elements that changed everything for me:
Key #1: Increase milk supply with the herbs FENUGREEK and BLESSED THISTLE (3 capsules/3 times a day of each). They will work within 12-24 hours if they are going to.
Key #2: Reevaluate your breastfeeding technique (this one is vitally important). Your baby may look like he's getting plenty, I mean he's nursing 24/7 right? Actually, he might be using your breast as a pacifier and is not actually accessing much of your milk supply at all. How can you tell?
- a good latch (you will learn about this in breastfeeding classes)
- Determine if baby is actually drinking (you won't learn about this in breastfeeding classes); If baby is getting adequate drink, she will open her mouth wide and pause before closing again.
- It's the exact same motion you make when you drink a milkshake...because its thick, you keep your jaw open longer to get it thru the straw. Similarly, the more the baby pauses, the more milk she is taking in.
Finally Watch this series of breastfeeding videos for demonstrations of all these techniques (warning: since it is about breastfeeding...obviously it's graphic). I'd watch all the videos because even if they don't seem applicable, they each have golden nuggets of information. Additionally, ibc has lots of information sheets on a myriad of breastfeeding topics.
I know there are other woman out there looking for solutions. I hope by adding these resources to my blog, it might help someone stumble across this valuable information just as I did when I needed it most:)