There's just not enough milk!!

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Registered: 04-15-2013
There's just not enough milk!!
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Mon, 04-15-2013 - 2:46pm

When my baby was born, she ate from my breast with in the first hour of being born. I thought things would go so smoothe. As time progressed, she would not eat and emty the breast efficiently. She would fall asleep on the breast every time I would try to feed her and wake up ten minutes later starving and crying because she had fallen asleep. There were so many things I did (cold rag to the forhead, tickling her feet, undressing her, changing her diaper, and the list continues FOREVER) to get her to wake up and nothing worked. Eventually it became very stressful and was very unenjoyable for both of us. She was also not gaining weight like they wanted but it seemed like she was on the breast every hour of the day. I had to use a nipple shield everytime I wanted to feed her because she was unable to latch properly. I switched to eping after speaking to a lactation consultant who advised me to let her eat as much as she wanted from the breast then pump from both breast after feedings and save the milk and give formula if she still acted hungry. This was a complete disaster because she was still sleeping and would not take anything from the breast. I really wasn't too happy about the formula because I wanted my baby girl to only be getting breastmilk. I have been exclusively pumping for 3 weeks now and my baby is 6 weeks but I'm just not getting enough. I pump out about 1.5-2 oz sometimes 3 oz every three hours if I'm lucky. It's not enough for her because she take in 3.5-4 oz every three hours. I recently got a prescription from the doctor for Reglan. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE!! I only took it for 2 days and I felt so weird and out of sorts it was insane. I felt like I wanted to cry every second of the day and I didn't want anything to do with my daughter. When I was taking it I had more milk but it seemed like more foremilk rather than hindmilk because she was still hungry after four ounces and it looked a lot thinner. Now that I have taken this and felt the side effects, it makes me afraid to take anything else. Even if it is an all "natural" supplement I'm still afraid. I wanted to know what else I can do to increase my milk. I have eaten oatmeal. I drink plenty of water a day. I feel like my breast are not made to produce milk. I wanted to try power pumping but I'm confused as to how it's done. Who in the world would have ever though I would feel so stressed about trying to do what is best for my baby? This stuff is really not easy on me. I would really appreciate any advice I can get to possibly make this a little more simple. :)

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Registered: 04-02-2013
Tue, 04-16-2013 - 4:41am

<p>Hang in there!! It is really rough in the beginning! My little girl is 8 weeks today. I had to supplement formula with her until she was 6 weeks, I just could NOT keep up with her. I finally feel like I'm doing better, so it'll get better for you too! It just takes some time. I am taking fenugreek, I bought it from gnc. I've done so much to help my supply that I can't say that the fenugreek is what did it for me. Maybe try that as a very last resort if your nervous. Keep making sure you,'re getting enough water and calories during the day. As tough as it is, pump every 2 hours during the day. That was really what helped me to get ahead because she was only eating every 3-4 I started to be able to get a bottles worth between 2 sessions, plus it tells your body to make more milk. I let myself go 3-3 1/2 hours at night even if baby is sleeping, I get up still. I've been told you make the most milk between 1-4 am. That it's important to pump between that time. I started doing that and I have gotten more milk at those sessions. The thing that helped me most was power pumping. And still if I start to get nervous I will do a power pump. What you do is pump for 10 mins, the turn the pump off and rest for 10 mins, turn the pump back on for 10 mins and continue this for 1hour. Do this once a day for 3 days in a row. Then take a few days 'off' not doing the power pump. I started to see an increase the 3rd day after I did the first power pump and have been told it can take up to a week to see results. This is supposed to make your body think baby is cluster feeding and get your body to make more milk. I always setup alarms on my phone for every 10 mins before I even start. That helped me. Remember too, your not alone and stressing out will not help you! You're doing amazing !! Hope that helps you! Also, read the beginners guide on here if you haven't...it's great! Any other questions just ask I'll try my best to answer them. :-)

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Registered: 04-02-2013
Tue, 04-16-2013 - 4:51am

Forgot 2 things, make sure you're pumping long enough each time. If you continue to pump after not milk is coming out, it tells your body to make more milk! And also, try to make your pumping 'environment' as comfortable as possible. Set up your pump in front of the tv or computer. Find something that will help you relax while you're pumping and entertain you so the time goes faster, maybe get a snack and use pumping time to relax a bit during the day. Hope that helps too! :-)

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Registered: 04-15-2013
Tue, 04-16-2013 - 8:32am

Thank you so much! It makes me feel a lot better knowing I'm not the only one struggling with this. I ordered some Mother's Milk Tea yesterday and I'm expecting it by Thursday. I hope it works as well for me as it does for everyone else. This has been one rocky road but I know I can do it. I will prove everyone wrong. My sister told me well you might just have to give it up because your breast are not made to produce a lot (as I have that tubular breast disorder). If I have gotten out 6 oz all together at one time then I can get 6 oz out of one. I'm determined to hit that mark one day. I'm going to try the power pumping. STARTING TODAY!! :D I'm ready to make enough for her. When I stopped taking the regland my supply dropped from the normal 3 oz every three hours (without medication) to 2 oz every three hours. When it was completely out of my system, the composition of the milk changed and the amount. That happened in a matter of three hours too. The Reglan messed my baby up too. She had some kind of twitching going on. VERY scary! I think another reason I can't get out a lot is because of how slow my let down is. I have to wait 8-10 mins for each let down. That's why baby girl would get mad on the breast. I'm going to do everything I can to do what is best for my baby. I have felt like giving up then felt really guilty because she loves breast milk and gags on formula. If I am pumping every two to three hours how do I include the power pump?