Can't Breastfeed No Milk Second Baby Coming

by Suzie

It's great to finally see some other stories like mine. My milk just never came in, and I have no idea why.

Breastfeeding councilors were worse than useless as they just repeated the same advice about demand feeding and latch without listening when I explained that I was already doing that, plus more.

I pumped and pumped for weeks, never getting enough to even cover the bottom of the bottle. I wanted to breastfeed so much and the available literature had encouraged me to think that all that was required was the determination to do so.

I really did try everything and it is soul destroying to find that your body just won't work. I cried about this every day right up until the weaning stage. Now I'm planning a second child but terrified that I will have the same trouble again.

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Aug 14, 2012
I had the same trouble
by: Michelle MOLESWORTH

Hello, yes as you say, it is great to hear other stories similar to ours.

All I could ever pump was 20-30 ml. My son was losing weight when I just breastfed. I cried every day for the first three months.

Did you have breast changes during pregnancy? I have read a few stories of women who did not have breast changes with their first pregnancy and then took progesterone supplements from ovulation up until the first three months of pregnancy and they then noticed breast changes and went on to have a full milk supply for their subsequent babies.

I read of another women who had a pregnancy after a lapse of several years and did not notice the same breast changes as her first pregnancy. She saw a lactation consultant at 34 weeks who recommended goats rue and she then noticed changes including leaking colostrum!

I hope that they can be of some help to you. Also the first 48 hours are really important in setting up your milk supply. So if medically able, get baby on the breast in the first hour after feeding and then as often as possible after that in the first few days - with skin to skin contact.

Sorry, you may have been told all this by a lactation consultant already but they are the tips I plan to do next time (we are currently trying for baby two) and I hope that they can be of some help to you.

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