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: 07-31-2014
Thu, 07-31-2014 - 2:09pm

My dr. Prescribed domperidone to increase supply.  But I've mainly had to EXB and bottle feed. 4 months on. I express after every feed and also if I'm skipping a feed. My homeopath also gave me urt urens to boost supply, and I eat lots of bf friendly foods, and drink herbal bf teas as well as chai tea, and anything with coconut. I also have a cookbook entitled the contented calf-all bf recipes. Hope this helps. I even had a lactation expert visit me-contact la leche league.

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Thu, 07-31-2014 - 2:14pm

Hi! You didn't say if you've talked to anyone about this, so I would suggest contacting the following helpline.

La Leche League USA Breastfeeding Helpline – 1-877-4-LALECHE (1-877-452-5324)

They would definitely be able to help you figure out what to do next. 

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Registered: 07-28-2014
Fri, 08-01-2014 - 7:34pm

Hey. I'm going through the same thing. My daughter is 4 weeks today and eating 4oz at each feeding (about 20 oz or so per day). I thought I was going to have to start supplementing and it was really starting to stress me out. (You can read my post from this last Monday.) However, within the last few days, things have started looking up for me & I haven't had to supplement at all yet! It definitely takes a LOT of dedication though. I make sure that I pump 8x/day. I'm producing 1oz/hr right now. I'm taking Fenugreek and drinking plenty of water. I also just got a bottle of Mother's love more milk plus today. I tried drinking the Mother's Milk tea, but I think that it's absolutely horrible!  I am also renting a hospital grade pump. What things are you doing? I also found another website that's been extremely helpful & supportive that you may want to check out. http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a4592405/the_exclusive_pumpers

 

I hope this helps you because I know how stressful it can be. Good luck!

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Registered: 07-28-2014
Sun, 08-03-2014 - 6:22pm

Any amount of breastmilk that you can give to your baby girl is wonderful and she will benefit from it!  I have struggled with supply issues from early on and I had to start supplementing from 2 weeks (about an ounce per feeding). I have been exclusively pumping since around week 7 (my son is now 12 weeks). I have been taking fenugreek and drinking mothers milk tea.  I'm not sure if those have helped- I didn't really notice an increase in supply.  Drinking lots of water can help and will also make you feel better as BF and pumping requires a lot of water from your body.  Pumping frequently will help to increase supply although it may take a few days of doing thIs.  Also, pumping longer than when milk stops coming out will signal your body to produce more.  Again, this may take a few days to increase supply.  when trying to increase supply, I was pumping every 1.5-2 hrs during the day for 10-12 minutes at a time-  it was time consuming!  Now I pump every 3-4hrs during the day for 15 min.

When I had to begin supplementing with formula, I was broken hearted.  But I knew I had to because my son was not getting enough.  fortunately it was only a small amount of his bottle and the rest was pumped breast milk.  He was taking 4oz 9 times a day at 6 weeks and there was no way I could keep up!  He started eating 5oz bottles, but for the last couple of weeks has only been eating 6-7 bottles a day.  I also had noticed my supply increasing around the time he was 8 weeks old even though I hadn't changed my pumping schedule so I'm not sure if supply increases with time? (I was producing about 24oz in a 24hr period and now it's more like 30oz+ in 24hrs)

You should be proud of yourself for continuing to pump.  In my opinion, this is the most time consuming way to feed your child and takes so much dedication!  if you have to supplement with formula, it is perfectly fine! And it may only be temporary.  But if you do, continue a pumping schedule that will maintain or possibly increase your supply. Good luck!!!

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Registered: 07-31-2014
Mon, 08-04-2014 - 11:25am

No I was not aware of this helpline...thank you for the info

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Mon, 08-04-2014 - 11:28am
I've tried the mother's tea but I'm not coffee/tea person, I've tried milky but this became expensive too quickly($35 for a 6 day supply) without quick results. I am currently trying the fenugreek and I continue to pump every 3hrs for 15-20min.
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Registered: 07-31-2014
Mon, 08-04-2014 - 11:32am
Thanks for the encouragement ladies. I will continue to try anything under the sun that will not harm my baby to try get an increase.
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Registered: 07-28-2014
Mon, 08-04-2014 - 5:11pm

I recently found out that a tear in the membrane can reduce the amount you are able to pump. Just checked mine and sure enough they both had small tears!  I've read to replace them every 2-3 months and more frequently if you pump often.

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Registered: 08-12-2014
Tue, 08-12-2014 - 9:37pm
Hi! First off I want to congratulate you on even trying to exclusively pump after breast feeding didn't work out for you. I've been there, I had my daughter July 4th 2013 and she ended up having to stay in the NICU for 10 days after labour complications. So starting off breast feeding was very difficult for me and I was pumping at home and then when she finally came home I was so overwhelmed with my first baby (my fiancé and I are both only children who hadn't so much as changed a diaper in our lives) that I quickly gave up on pumping, as she was CONSTANTLY crying (and I figured she just wasn't getting enough to eat) well long story short pumping lasted about 4 weeks... I found out I was pregnant with our son when she was barely 3 months old (yes I was on the pill so it was quite unexpected!) and I took the opportunity to really learn from my mistakes (or just my ignorance of the subject in general) and prepared to really work at breast feeding. When my son was born we did great breast feeding in the hospital and when we got home for about the first week. Then I started to get back to my feet and realize what it was going to take to deal with TWO babies.... Needless to say the every 2 hour getting up to feed him thing got very stressful on me very quick. I know a lot of people would say that's no excuse to quit breast feeding but I needed to save all the sanity I could. Anyways I decided to again exclusively pump. Now that you've made it thru my long boring story (which I REALLY appreciate if you read lol) I delt with everything you mentioned above and almost just gave up again.... BUT I experimented first.... There are actually a LOT of things you can try, and just one tweak in your system could make all the difference!!! I figured out for one, to fiddle with the pump controls. Turning down the suction and keeping the speed low at first, then about half way thru turning up the suction slightly and increasing the speed makes a difference. For some just decreasing the suction makes a difference. Also, the flange sizes.... I figured out I needed bigger ones. My nipples weren't actually moving like they were supposed to. Therefore not making the right suction. Finally, I changed my tubing. Got new valves and also quit paying attention when I was pumping (play a game on your phone, watch tv, read) and I started drinking mothers milk tea... I went from producing barely 2 ounces every 3 hours to almost 5 ounces every 3 hours. Sorry this was so terribly long.... I'm a stay at home mom and don't talk to many grown ups (can ya tell? Lol) but in short, experiment. Try changing things up. Tiny changes can make a difference. And research. There are TONS more things to try out there then what I've mentioned :) good luck!!!!
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Registered: 07-27-2014
Sun, 08-17-2014 - 7:28am

I think you should use some extra supplementation for your daughter if she really needs it. There you can read some more about it I hope it will help you Baby Haven. My wife found lots of books here when he were pregnant and some useful recipes too.

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