Post # 1
I need some help. My little girl wasn’t getting enough milk from me, so we started pumpin and feeding her through asryinge as per doctors orders. Now I have two main issues, one I feel like she is getting lazy because the sryinge requires even less effort than a bottle (she lost a large amount of weight), so I wonder if she ever will be able to go back to the breast and I pump every 21/2 hours with the Medela double electric for twenty minutes but I’m only getting 30ml. I stay hydrated and eat well. I would love some advice. I’m meeting with the peditrician tomorw to see how her weight gain is going.
Thanks for your help!!
Post # 3
How many days post partum are you?
Post # 4
Sounds like your best bet is to talk to a lactation consultant. I have to drink a TON of water for my girl to get enough milk.
Post # 5
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I second a lactation consultant. Breastfeeding can be tough but if you want to do it and you want to make it work then it’s worth calling in a consultant to help you out.
Post # 6
THank, I’m six days post partum. I worked with a lactation consultan at the hospital who attributed my limited supply to issues with my delivery and they reccomened the sryinge feeding. The baby can latch successfully but will not get enough milk when feeding, even less than when I pump.
Post # 7
I had issues with my supply when my son was first born and my midwife and doula gave lots of helpful info on herbs & vitamins to take, and the “mothers milk” tea helped too. I can’t remember exactly what herbs I took but they helped a lot. Eat lots of oatmeal and add some nutritional yeast into your food.
You’re doing a wonderful thing momma, don’t give up and have faith in your body that it will provide your baby with exactly what she needs.
My friend had to use a nipple shield because her daughter wasn’t latching correctly. It was tough at first, but she didn’t become dependant on it and her daughter ended up nursing for 2.5 years.
I just weaned my son 11 days ago and he’s 2 years and 3 months!!!
Post # 8
I’m only 4 days pp, so I don’t have any advice, but I wanted to say I feel you on the breast feeding frustration/stress/worry. I’m having some issues (smaller than yours) & it’s been really hard on me, so I can’t imagine how hard it is to deal with for you.
Post # 9
Please call your local La Leche League leader right away. You can also call the hospital where you delivered and they may have lactation consultants available to you. It is imperative that you get lots of support and good advice so you can have breastfeeding success. In the mean time I would suggest TONS of skin to skin contact and on demand feeding. Also, check out http://www.kellymom.com there is a ton of great info there. One more thing, your baby’s doctor is probably not a lactation expert. I frequently hear of moms getting bad nursing advice from their peds and gynos. Good luck Mama! Keep at it!
Post # 10
I had supply issues due to delivery complications as well and it ended up being best for myself and my daughter (who also lost a large amount of weight in her first week) to make the switch to formula. I felt guilty spending all that time and energy pumping when I could have been spending it with her. My LC sent me an e-mail when I told her I was quitting and this is what she said:
“I don’t think you failed. I know that me telling you that isn’t going to instantly make you feel better, 🙂 but I want you to know that. And anyone who tells you that you did fail should be donkey-kicked in the teeth. You tried; you tried so hard. But it wasn’t working out, and you made a decision that was best for your family as a whole. There is no failure in that; that’s being a good mom. C is beautiful and healthy. To me, the most important thing is the bond between mother and child. If breastfeeding is getting in the way of that, it’s gotta go. I’ve told that to moms before, who were exhausted and crying and telling me they felt like they weren’t bonding and just dreaded feeding. That being said, when your plan to breastfeed doesn’t work out, it’s important to grieve that loss. Baby will be happy & fed, but if mama feels sad/angry/upset over the loss of breastfeeding, those feelings need to be validated, explored and worked through. This is a subject I feel very deeply about; as an LC I want to support mothers with compassion and love through these situations.”
There is absolutely NO shame is switching if you need to. You did not fail at anything. Sometimes these things just don’t work out. It took me a long, long time to come to terms with that. Feel free to PM me if you ever want to talk. I went through a similar situation, so I know how you feel.
Post # 11
Wondering if you have tried eating lactation promoting foods? Oatmeal is especially supposed to be good for it. Chocolate and strawberries are supposed to help with the extraction as well. This info was from my breastfeeding class.
Post # 12
Give it some time. I am now 11 weeks post-partum and have had issues from latch, low milk supply due to nipple shield, all the way to mastitis twice in one week. When it was the worst I would remind myself “I am doing this for my baby’s health”. I have to say over time and with some work, Everything always got better. My son and I now feel like pros and prefer nursing to pumping. You do what works for you. Because my son latched well for the first few weeks we started in on a bottle at 2 weeks of age and has no problem at all. Try it! It sounds like you are close to giving up so it wouldn’t hurt to try a bottle. A nipple shield is great for latch issues but i would NOT recommend it if you have a low milk supply. It actually gave me a low milk supply because the baby couldn’t get it all and he ended up losing weight the second week after he was born. Once I got rid of it, his weight skyrocketed. I would recommend having your child nurse both sides and then pump for an extra few minutes afterwards to stimulate for more milk. If your baby is not getting enough supplement with formula or pumped milk for the first few days until your milk supply catches up. You can have someone do this while you are doing the pumping. This is what my doc recommended when he lost weight from the nipple shield. It worked. They said to do this for 3 days and see what happens.
Post # 13
We had the same problem, except when we tried to get help from a lactation consultant, no one replied to our calls or emails (we got out of the hospital on Dec. 23).
It took over a week post-partum to have my milk come in. What we did was:
I breastfed, about 20 minutes per breast, then gave our son to DH, who would feed him formula in a tube that was attached to his finger and a syringe… DH would push formula through the syringe only when DS sucked on it… no sucking, no formula…
Meanwhile I would pump for 20 minutes with my Medela Freestyle (double electric pump). Almost no milk came.
Repeat the cycle every 3 hours.
Yeah, it was a lot of work and we were in tears and almost decided to give up breastfeeding (especially with no help from consultants – the only consultant we talked to told us to stop supplementing with formula but this was insane as no milk was coming out of me and I didn’t want our son to starve).
But everything will be fine once your milk comes in.. Try to see if there is anything you can do to help with that (lots of water, eating enough, sleeping enough (haha, I know), etc.) In the meantime, hang on, you’re doing the right thing.
Post # 14
@zippylef: Thanks so much for your email. I get so frustrated because I hear from everyone just keep at it…. and I wonder keep at what? She doesn’t enjoy time at the breast and most of our day is focused around trying to get her to breast feed. We meet with a lactation consultant a few times already…. thats why we are using a sryinge and now taping a feeding tube to my breast to try and help, but it makes it a whole process where she gets covered in more breast milk than she takes and we cant go any where.
@mommytobee: thanks my milk is in and we are using the same process you tried…. for about a week now… how long did it take for it to work? Our lactation consultant only wanted us to try for ten minutes before moving her to the normal finger sryinge feeding, so there isn’t a negative correlation with the breast.
Thanks everyone for your comments. Even if breast feeding doesn’t work I will continue to pump, but I know its not as effective as straight breast feeding…. but we have been trying this for a week now with no luck.
Post # 15
@carriejuly: I was just thinking earlier today that the first month of breastfeeding is probably the hardest. I have seen so many mommy friends struggle so much in the first month, but with a lot of hard work and perseverance they have lived to see a beautiful breast feeding relationship. I recently met a woman who had a very difficult time in the first few weeks and ended up exclusively pumping for the next two months. When baby was 2 months old she was taking a bath with the baby and baby started rooting and latched right on and there was not looking back after that! The pump was put away! I often hear IBCLCs suggest taking a bath with baby when there are bfing issues. I think it must help mama and baby both relax and it can be very magical. Again, I can’t stress how important a great support network can be when it comes to nursing and new mommyhood in general. Also, if it seems that there are latch issues (you mentioned baby is latching but not getting much milk) you may want to ask about possible tongue-tie, this is an easily fixed issue. Are you still having supply issues? Have you tried fenugreek? Oatmeal?
This page on Kellymom has some great articles about maintaing supply and pumping when baby is not nursing.