Low Milk Supply

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Registered: 06-11-2012
Low Milk Supply
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Mon, 06-11-2012 - 6:33pm

When my baby was 5 weeks old my c-section insicion became infected and the doctor prescribed me an antibiotic, after 2 days on the antibiotic I noticed that I was producing very little milk. I went off the antibiotic, began pumping several times a day, and began taking Blessed Thistle. Several days later I felt my milk had increased, but was still not producing as much as before. Baby also began only eating for about 5 minutes per side. Baby seemed content so I stopped pumping I have continued Blessed Thistle and offering to feed baby anytime she seems fussy. Before the antibiotic baby was nursing well, only about 6-7 minutes per side, but she was gaining weight great and seemed very content.

Baby is now 8 weeks and I feel as if my milk has continued to decrease. Baby is still having wet diapers, but  has not pooped w/o a suppository in 2 weeks. Yesterday I decided to take 7 blessed thistle pills instead of 9 in hopes to wean off the blessed thistle to see if that is what is causing baby to be constipated. With the decrease in blessed thistle my milk has decreased drastically. Baby is extremely uncontent and will not stay on the breast for more than a couple of minutes. I am trying to feed her every hour followed by pumping. Baby sucks (and gets milk) for only a couple minutes on each side. I am only pumping less than 1/4 of an hours on each side; however, I am double pumping for 10 minutes regardless. 

I am allergic to Fenugreek and am considering taking Domperidone, but it will take 2 weeks to arrive to my house, so I have been hesitant to order it since I need to get my milk increased now.

I really need to get my baby's BMs regular so she is not so uncomfortable and I need to provide her with enough milk so I don't have to start supplementing with formula. Any suggestions????

I had a similar experience with baby #1 when I went on the mini pill. It was such a pain to keep my milk, but I made it 10 months, but pumping several times a day and taking blessed thistle. It was so much work, I am wondering if it's really worth the work with baby #2.

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 11:39am
If your having issue with breastfeeding due to your period returning, one effective way to counter that is to take a calcium/magnesium supplement. You should take at least 1500 calcium/750 magnesium and it should be a combination pill. See this link for more on dealing with issue related to periods and breastfeeding: http://susuibu101.blogspot.com/2007/12/menstruation-breastfeeding.html

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