Frustration

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-06-2013
Frustration
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Sat, 04-06-2013 - 12:59am

My daughter is only two weeks, and I already can't provide for her.  She latched right away, but I had problems providing for my son, so I decided I was going to pump along with nursing.  Of course when my milk was coming in, I was providing more than enough.  But then I got mastitis and decided to try to just pump, and ever since then,  I get maybe a couple teaspoons after each time pumping.  Any suggestions?!  I really would love to provide for her.  I'm really sick of everyone saying I need to try harder and I'm not doing enough.  I've tried hot pads, showers, fenugreek, and even a little nursing just to try to stimulate better. Help.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-03-2013
Tue, 04-09-2013 - 12:38pm

The first few weeks were the most difficult for me. I had to give my baby formula because she was juandice. Don't be so hard on yourself. You are obviously doIng everything you can. My advice would be to see a lactation nurse to see if there is anything else you can do. I think that, if you're willing to pump every 3hours and give what you have, you're still helping your baby. Hang in there and you're not a failure if you decide to stop. 

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Registered: 12-16-2004
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 3:37pm

How often do you pump/nurse?

How relaxed are you when your are pumping?

Is the baby  starting gain weight?  ( yes they do drop a little in weight after being born, which is natural)

When my daughter was 2 weeks old, I nursed every two hour   during the day and at night every 3 hours, the little milk I had was enough and the baby was gaining weight.  This is normal, a baby needs food every 2 hours when they are that little.