Please help!

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Registered: 12-15-2010
Please help!
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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 8:25pm

Hi everyone!

I am new to the group, but have been reading for the last 10 weeks or so and have learned so much from all of your discussions (Thanks)!! I am 12 weeks pp and have been struggling with building and maintaining a supply. Originally, I had a hard time getting any milk, I hemmoraged (sp) during labour and because of the blood loss, struggled to produce any milk at all. Since then I have slowly made my way to producing 20 oz

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Registered: 08-05-2010
In reply to: namackay
Thu, 12-16-2010 - 11:53am

Congratulations on making it this far. Sounds like you've been working very hard.

Check out this site. There is lots of info about how our bodies make milk and how to build supply:

http://www.lowmilksupply.org/overview.shtml

Some women will start to notice a decrease at 12 weeks as the supply regulates but since you are still pumping so much, it is possible that other factors are causing the decrease. As long as you are still making some milk, there is a chance you can still increase your supply. I'm 8 months PP and just started Dom recently and have noticed a slow increase after taking it for a week. I haven't noticed any issues in my daughter since I started it but anything is possible. Breast milk is a natural laxative so it is possible that over time as your supply increases and you are able to provide more milk the constipation will resolve. The earlier PP you take Dom, the better it will work.

I'm wondering if your supply drop is related to a decrease in pump function maybe? If you are using a hospital grade rental, get it tested. If you are using a consumer pump, contact the manufacturer to get some support to confirm your puump is functioning well. When EPing, pumps will burn out faster since they aren't usually designed for the constant use we put them through.

Have you noticed any pain in your breasts that might be a clog? You could try taking lecithin to prevent clogs, check the fit of your flanges and replace any valves or membranes that might be wearing out causing reduced suction.

Since you had blood loss, make sure you are taking prenatal vitamins and talk to your doctor about iron supplements if needed. Low iron is a huge culprit with low milk supply.

Try not to stress about and get lots of rest. If you can get someone to help you with the baby so you can do a pump marathon for a weekend, that can be very helpful.

Good luck. I hope you see some results. If you just can't do it anymore, try not to feel bad. You've come very far and not alot of women are able to pump at all. It's really hard work!

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Registered: 08-05-2010
In reply to: namackay
Thu, 12-16-2010 - 12:18pm

Forgot to mention, I had trouble with my supply at about 12 weeks after nursing failure. To rebuild my supply I pumped almost non-stop during the day until I noticed an improvement. I just set the pump up in a comfy spot in the living room and pumped every available second even if it was just 5 minutes at a time. I left everything out and I would switch to clean parts every few hours.

After a week or so I started to notice an improvement and was able to get my supply up to meet and then exceed DD's demand after a few weeks. I was not using Dom or any supplements at that time. It was hard, I wanted to quit every day and often was so frustrated by the lack of ounces I would just pump and cry. It felt good once my supply increased but it was really hard to get there.

Your health and happiness should be your first priority. If your DD could talk, she'd probably tell you that you are more important to her than your milk.