Losing Hope :(

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Registered: 07-31-2014
Losing Hope :(
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Thu, 07-31-2014 - 12:50pm

I'm a first time mom to a beautiful almost 8week old baby girl. The only time she latched on was when the nurse at the hospital got her on. Once we went home BF became very stressful for the both of us and I decided on EPing. I've also had to supplement because I haven't been to produce enough to fill her. My daughter is currently drinking 3-4oz mostly 4oz at every feed and I'm only producing 2oz every 3hrs. Recently I've noticed a decrease in that 2oz to 1 1/2oz every 3hrs. I want to continue providing her with my breast milk but I'm afraid she going to need more supplementation that breast milk. If anyone has been in this situation please help I don't want to give up!

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Registered: 08-01-2014
Fri, 08-01-2014 - 6:59pm
Don't give up! My LO was born 6 weeks early which meant we had a long hospital stay. My LO has never successfully latched on... At first I had enough milk, but with all the stress and lack of sleep my supply dwindled to next to nothing. After coming home I dedicated myself to increasing supply by eating well, and making sure I got enough sleep. It took more than a month, but I now pump enough. Tea with fenchel helps (and is also good for babies digestion), oats for breakfast, and make sure you are drinking enough and getting enough calories. What was really important for me though was letting go of all the tips from the lactation consultant in the hospital who didn't want me to damage my breasts, which I of course followed... I have since discovered that massage and compressions not only don't damage my breast, but help me to get all the milk out which is really important for increasing supply. It was also important that I needed to pump a bit longer in the beginning, often nearly 30 min, now I only pump 20 min every 4-5 hours... What also REALLY helped me (but was a bit stressful) was to try to latch baby on every time he was hungry. He screamed! but allways attempted to latch, and in that time (I did it for a few weeks in the hope he would latch...) my milk supply more than doubled. and lots of skin to skin contact helps. Experiment what works for you - and make sure you have a good pump and the right size pump set. Good luck!