I can also relate to low supply issues. I was lucky with my first 2 daughter’s. They took right to nursing and we didn’t have any issues with supply. I would say the only hurdle I had to deal with was the fact that both babies wouldn’t take a bottle or pacifier. I EBF my first until she was 2 years old. I had to wean my 2nd daughter abruptly at 1 years old because I ended up in the hospital for a month and had 2 emergency surgeries. My youngest (3rd daughter) was born at 34 weeks and was in the NICU for a month. That’s when I had supply issues. I had 2 pump every 2 hours. I tried various supplements and every trick in the book. I finally had to ask my doctor for help. He gave me Reglan. My boobs were overflowing with milk the next day. But it can cause depression, which it did. I couldn’t handle the depression because I was already stressed to the max with a baby in the NICU and 2 other children at home. Once Reglan is stopped, the milk supply it created goes too. I exclusively pumped for 3 months. I hated pumping so I that was the max I could handle. I always had to give dd a special high calorie preemie formula anyway. I would have preferred to EBF long term like I did with my older girls, but it just wasn’t in the cards.
Have you tried cutting calories now that your dd is drinking and eating solids? If not, maybe your body can keep up now on lower calories because the amount needed is lower now.
Do you pump? If not, pumping might help you get your supply up. You could give her the pumped milk in a cup or bottle instead of the cows milk. Like I said, I hated pumping but it did help me increase my supply.
Have you tried adding lean/low calorie protein instead of calories? I had a gastric bypass years ago so I drank low calorie/high protein shakes during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Here are a few of my favorites –
I like this one because I get tired of drink shakes that taste like milk. This one tastes more like fruit juice. It’s also zero carb. It has a lot of protein and still keeps the calories low.
This one is made from grass fed cows milk. It’s low in sugar and has a good amount of protein. It’s free of lactose, gluten, Dow, and GMOs. It also has added vitamins.
My best friend (who has a seriously amazing body) has Cooper Certified, top notch fitness trainer. He recommended Muscle Milk Light for her to drink. She keeps her calories pretty low because she’s petite (weighs about 110 lbs and is 5’1) but has to be careful to make sure she gets enough protein because she works out daily. Since her trainer recommended for her, I feel like it’s a shake I can trust to have the right amount of calories, sugar, and protein. I like Mucle Milk because it tastes really good (probably the best tasting I’ve tried) and it’s readily available in most stores (many stock it cold like 7-11 Tom Thumb, Walgreens).