Preemie with heart condition

by Joy

My dughter was born at 35 wks and weighed 3 lb 10 oz she has a heart condition as well. She came home at 41 wks (June 1) weighing 5 lbs 1 oz she is now 7 lbs 7oz.

I am nursing but also have to pump and add fortifier to my milk to help her grow. I am concerned with whether or not my milk production is good enough, and also, wondering if she is getting the hindmilk...Should I be pumping after each feeding and using this milk with the fortifier? Help!!

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Jul 26, 2012
Pumping and breastmilk supply
by: Zelda Behr

All new mommies feel that they don't have enough milk so don't feel alone.

These are the thing to look out for to see if baby is getting enough milk.

-Does baby cry after the feed?

-Is she gaining or loosing weight?

-Swallowing and sucking sounds while drinking.

-+/- 4 clear or light colored urine diapers, dark urine indicates baby is not getting enough fluid.

-Your breast will feel softer after nursing.

If you find after this that baby is not getting enough milk, here are some ways to increase milk supply

-Breastfeed breastfeed breastfeed that is the number one thing to do, offer baby both breasts but first let baby empty one breast completely then offer the other, that will also ensure that she gets the fatty hind milk.

-Breast massages and breast compression.

-Herbs: Fenugreek, milk thistle, fennel, raspberry leaves, goats rue, alfalfa, brewer's yeast, hops flowers, nettle tea.

- Food that increases milk supply: Carrot seeds, beet and yam, Beet leaves, spinach, chicory,dark green leafy vegetables, plain Oats, Raw nuts, flaxseed oil, sesame oil, Water, herbal root beers, chicory coffee, barley water, Garlic (It has been found that if mom eats a lot of garlic it gives the breast milk a nicer taste which will increase the time baby spends on the breast therefore increasing breast milk production), Ginger (should not be taken with any other medication), Green papaya (simmered until soft), Dill, Sesame seed.

-Medication: Metoclopramide, Domperidone, Chlorpromazine, Oxytocin,Sulpiride.
Always first try the more natural remedies before these.

I would not recommend trying to pump after a feed rather pump in between feeds or a little just before a feed to reduce the amount of fore milk.
Remember fore milk contains carbohydrates, protein and vitamins and you are adding fortifier to it so that alone will help.

If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask.

Hope this helps and good luck.

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