You are not alone with Low Milk Supply and Baby Loosing Weight

by Catherine

I also wanted to share my story in the hopes of making other Moms not feel so alone with this problem.

During pregnancy my breasts were tender, they enlarged just like you would hope, yet I am sure my baby did not get colostrum in the hospital, and the most I could ever get from either breast was 1-2 tablespoons per pumping.

I even pumped in the hospital because my baby seemed irritated like she was not getting anything to eat and they wanted to check my supply.

I even experience the "let down" when your breasts swell, yet despite my best efforts, a baby who latched wonderfully, and a hospital-grade breast pump, I could never get more than a tablespoon.

By the time I took her for her first appt at the pediatrician at 3 days old, she had dropped over a pound from her birth weight, which was a clear indicator to me and her Dr. that was not receiving any sustenance. I was devastated that I was essentially starving my baby, unbeknownst to me.

I brought her home and gave her formula, which she immediately drank and happily fell asleep with a full belly. From this formula feeding, I felt both relief and horrible disappointment in myself as a mother and a woman. Still hoping to breast feed, I tried it all. I "power pumped", I took herbs, and even thought about taking a drug called Reglan.

After reading that they were unsure about the safety of using Reglan while breastfeeding, I decided to not use it. (I didn't think giving her breast milk that might contain a drug for which we are not sure could harm her, was worth the risk.)

I took one more last-ditch effort with the support of a lactation consultant to skip the formula for a full 24 hours, and just "trust" that my breasts were fulfilling their duty and my baby was getting what she needed. I started at 4pm and by 2am after not a single wet diaper, I made her a formula bottle.

When I explained the situation to the consultant, she thought I did the right thing since there should have been wet diapers. I was also told by her that this lack of milk was "not normal". It was a painful verbal confirmation for me from someone else that only made made even sadder.

I was surrounded by supportive family and friends, but I echo Stacey's feelings exactly. My heart was so set on breastfeeding her, yet this is something that women take for granted, not realizing that for some of us, no matter how hard we try, this "natural" act is not possible. It's a very lonely experience.

Now that my daughter is 10 months old, I plan on researching next steps on how I can perhaps increase my chances of breastfeeding with my next child.

I asked my ob/gyn about seeing an endocrinologist to perhaps investigate a cause (I have no history of surgery, trauma, my thyroid levels are normal, etc.)and they told me there was no point until I was pregnant again. I am not sure I am taking that as a final answer and plan on looking into the matter further with medical professionals.

You are not alone, ladies.

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