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Congratulations on the birth of your baby! It goes really fast. I can't believe my LO is 7 months already.
Pumping and b'feeding are going to be your two key ways to increase your milk supply - and the early days are so important. (I learned that it builds connections within your milk ducts or something.) So keep b'feeding your LO and pump, pump, pump! It will feel like it's all you do - and that is OK. It *is* going to be all you do for awhile. It's exhausting and will push your limits emotionally and physically.
My hospital had a free breastfeeding support group and a free lactation phone line for quick questions. Also, with the new healthcare laws many (if not all) insurances will cover home visits from lactation consultants. That might be worth pursuing.
Mini goal: the march back my happy, healthy weight where I was before and after pregnancy.
Hi! First of all, Congratulations to you Mama and pat yourself on the back for continuing to try even though you're facing challenges. I had a few of the same issues but the overall problem was exactly the same. I had triplets that were born prematurely and had to go to the NICU. My milk hadn't come in yet and I couldn't stay with my babies in the nicu so it made breastfeeding right off the bat impossible. But I pumped as often as I could even when I wasn't producing much. I think the problem was supplementing with formula gave my body the idea the milk wasn't in demand as much so I continued to have low supply issues. My babies also got frustrated with BFing because bottles and formula were so much easier. So here are a couple things to try:
Make sure you're drinking tons of fluids and stay on your prenatal vitamins. Some people have adverse effects to certain foods and drinks while breastfeeding so try to make note of that - like coffee, alcohol, caffiene, etc and see if your diet might be an issue.
There are vitamins and prescription supplements that are known to help milk supply. I remember one is milk thistle. My doctor prescribed something to help too but I forget the name. They may have helped a tiny bit but didn't solve my problem all together.
Force yourself and your baby to at least try BFing before giving formula. Don't worry about the specifics of how long its been since he ate last or how many ounces he got. Just try it as much as possible. If he's not crying/hungry, don't follow up with a bottle at all. If he's hungry a half hour later or whatever, try BFing again.
An oppositte approach and one that sounds kind of drastic and tedious. I made a spreadsheet of all the times I pumped and nursed. Every single day I kept track of when I BF and when I pumped. What time, how many ounces, etc. Then you can see where you need help. Are you not pumping frequently enough? Are you not nursing or pumping at night? Unfortunately this is a round the clock job in the beginning and especially when you're trying to increase your supply. Set a timer on your phone or something to remind you that its time to pump. (If you're with your baby, this might not be necessary. I did this more when I went back to work.) Pump when he's napping. Pump after he gets frustrated from nursing. Keep at it! It doesn't matter if it's only been two hours since you last pumped, if you have a few minutes, try again. If you did 3 times yesterday, try for 5 today and 7 tomorrow. Play games with yourself to beat your record. I know it sounds stupid but at least you will be aware and getting closer to the recommended. Hopefully, you can get to a point where you don't have to do this but until then...
Follow up with a lactation consultant and La Leche League. Most the time, they can give you suggestions right over the phone. I was willing to try anything and everything and every person I asked had different ideas and gave me a little more support to keep going. So check with as many sources as possible.
Good luck to you! Keep us posted.
Hi everyone, I could use some help if you can manage. I just had my first baby on the 1st, and we didnt' manage to start breastfeedin right away (long story). Part of the problem now is that I'm not producing alot of milk, so he gets really frustrated trying to feed. It's gotten to the point we're feeding him formula and I'm pumping what I can and giving that too him in addition.
Add to that the fact that I have inverted nipples (NO idea how that works, but it makes latching really hard for him) and that I'm having trouble managing to pump the recommended 8-12 times per day (I'm lucky if I manage 3 times) :(
All of this turns into I'm not making alot of milk for baby, so he's mostly getting formula.
i WANT to be breastfeeding him. It's just not going well. Any advice?
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