BTDT - breastfeeding and milk drop

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BTDT - breastfeeding and milk drop
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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 4:55pm

Mommies... when did your milk come in?? I seem to have some but not much. We started supplimenting Simon yesterday because he had already lost a pound and wasn't calming at all because I just don't have enough to feed him completly.


We are at day 4. The peds office has me nursing him 10-15 min a side then we are finger feeding anywhere from 10-15cc of formula to top him off. Is there anything I can do to help promote this other then just continue to nurse? I got a small hand pump to help as well. Anyone try the alcoholic beverage?


I'm just really sad I can't provide for my little boy. Though I know the formula is better then him going without.


Simon had not had a wet diaper since midnight

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 12-05-2006
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 5:13pm
Generally it takes 4 -5 days for milk to come in for a first timer.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 5:23pm

Hi Cassie,


my milk came in really late (day 5) but probably because I had a c-section. To start with you only produce colostrum - but technically that's all baby needs. They only have a tiny stomach so can't feed that much anyway. But as you say Simon lost a pound, that's quite a lot, so you'd think supplementing is the only way out.


On the other hand, the more you nurse him, the more you produce. That's how things get started - the demand has to be there. I'm a bit surprised your ped's office told you to only give him 10-15 mins a side. When your

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 6:01pm

Cassie-

My milk came in on day 5. Until it came I nursed James pretty much non stop and that got him enough colostrum to keep him from loosing too much weight. Literally I would nurse for like 45 minutes, and then a 15 minutes off and then 45 minutes again. It really sucked, but then once my milk came in it got way better. I would think if Simon is willing to nurse, you should just keep nursing him.

Like PP said, you'll know when your milk comes. For me the first day my boobs were like giant rocks and they hurt really bad. It gets better though, I didn't pump or anything and they went down to a more manageable size within a few days.

Good luck!!

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Registered: 02-27-2008
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 7:21pm

Hey Cassie - my milk came in on day 4, but I didn't feel it like most women, so I just wanted to let you know that it is possible not to feel it. Everyone told me I'd feel the pins and needles, but I never did. I didn't actually realize it until my DH noticed big wet spots on my shirt and he asked me what I had spilled on myself!! Turns out my milk had come in and I was leaking and I didn't even notice it!.

PPers have given you some great advice and I would reiterate what they said - bring Simon to the breast as often as possible right now, even if it's all you do all day. I wouldn't use the pump yet, let Simon do the work of stimulating your milk to come in - he does a better job than the pump. Have DH feed you, bring you water, bring you the remote, etc... so you can focus on nursing. :) Trust your body, it will figure out how much Simon needs and provide that for him. It's hard at first, but it gets sooo much better!


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Registered: 07-15-2004
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 7:47pm

Thanks ladies. I know I have the colostrum its just the full milk I am waiting on. I understand the process was just curious how long it took some of you.


I think they are having me only feed 10-15 minutes because my full milk is not in yet. They want me to have the stimulation but don't want him on all the time as they don't want me to get overly sore or an infection from to much stimulation.


I have been nursing on demand still so when he wakes up after we check his diaper we feed. I also rub and stimulate them. I have yet to try the hand pump I got. Mostly because yesterday we were feeding every hour and a half so I had a 45 minute break between feedings. Today is better, I put the cathiter on my breast when we did this last feeding instead of on my finger.

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 02-27-2008
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 9:02pm

Hey Cassie -just wanted to recommend an alternative product to the Lansinoh. I used and actually preferred it - It's all natural and I think it worked better than the Lansinoh for me... It has a funny name, it's called 'Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter'. Here's where you can buy it (I found it at my natural foods store here): http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/product/breastfeeding-support/natural-nipple-butter.html

Keep up the good work mama! And KUP about how BFing is going, and how you and Simon are doing!


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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 8:09am

I just wanted to let you know if will get better... hang in there and try not to be too hard on yourself, that can make things even harder (KWIM?)

First DS was tongue tied and I had to hand pump my colostrum into a syringe for him. And he was fed via syringe. Once we his sucking down he would "nurse" for 10 minutes every hour and was supplemented w/ formula. First they tried "regular" but he had an allergic reaction to it, so we had to supplement with soy. It took 6 days for my milk to come in, and that was with the "help" of nurses and lactation specialists. It all worked out in the end, probably better than I could have hoped because DS could easily switch between breast and bottle with no confusion, which made it easier when I went back to work and XH gave him bottles of EBM (or soy).

As with all things baby this is just a stage and it to shall pass.

I hope your milk comes in soon.

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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 9:18am

I think it was around 5 days with Desmond. I never felt it come in. Everyone told me I would know when it came in, I didn't. I thought it was in, since I started leaking white fluid, but I never felt the pins and needles that everyone says you will feel. Once it came in I had a ton of milk, but it was definitely about 5 days before it came in.

I was afraid it would take the same amount of time for Eloise, so I actually pumped when I was 6 months pregnant to have a small supply if I needed it, fortunately I didn't it came in within 24 hours with her. I still didn't feel the pins and needles sensation that everyone says you feel, but since I was still nursing Desmond and had been nursing for almost 2 years at that point in time, I was able to tell it was in anyways.




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Registered: 08-24-2005
Wed, 01-27-2010 - 6:05pm
Hi Cassie! My milk came on day 4. I never felt the needles, but probably because I woke up with the huge rock hard boobs, so everything happened overnight. In my case, I didn't leak, in fact I had so much trouble getting the milk out, that I almost got mastitis.
But eventually things cleared out.
The girls advice is correct, try putting him to the breast as much as you can (without hurting your nipples).
Also, try talking with your OB. I had a decent supply before the NICU episode, but after all that stress and exhaustion, it almost dried out. So he gave me a medicine and it's helping A LOT to get things back to normal.
I hope it all gets better!!!!!
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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:58am
Cassie - Sorry that this happening. You can use a supplement called Fenugreek. I cannot remember how many times a day I was taking it, but I bought a big bottle and took a pill maybe 2-3 times a day. You may want to ask your doctor about it. It was suppose to promote a better milk supply. GL

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