Low Milk Supply and Things to Avoid
Combination feeding and low milk supply...
"I'm going through something very similar. My daughter clover is 5 weeks old, and she is my fifth baby.
I desperately wanted to breastfeed my other 4 children, but for some unknown reason, I gave up trying to breastfeed before leaving the hospital. So when I found out I was pregnant again, I decided that this may be my last chance to breastfeed a baby successfully.
I wore nursing bras by 12 weeks into my pregnancy, I fed her within the hr after a c-section, and all was well for three days until her first weigh-in, when a nurse told me my daughter had lost too much weight and I'd need to comp feed her...I burst into tears. My baby was seemingly happy, I had no cracked or sore nipples, we were happy.
I declined the comp feed at first, but then she hit below the belt and said, "don't you want your baby to be fed?" and then brought in the pediatrician, who agreed with her. The plan was, I would feed her boobs comp 30 ml formula and then get on the pump to increase my supply. I did this until I went home, but breastfeeding, formula and then pumping was taking an hour and a half, I had 5 kids here, I couldn't do it.
So here I am occasionally pumping, breastfeeding and after every feed giving her 80ml of formula. She is happy, gaining weight and never cries...never. But I want to exclusively ...breastfeed, I have spoken to many experts, and sadly they all tell me to do everything I'm doing, and my supply should increase, but soon I know clover will want just bottle because she doesn't have to work for it...this makes me sad and exhausted.
I just bought some special lactation tea, maybe this will help. I get annoyed when I know of someone who can shoot milk across the room, it's overflowing with goodness, and then they decided not to feed, I think "are YOU crazy."
.....All I want is to continue giving her all I can, fingers crossed...I will add that I bought an Avent manual, thinking it would be better than the Avent electric that I had, and I can get more out with this one. Which is not much, both breasts I can only pump out 25 to 30ml each time ....very sad!!!! I should be thankful I am able to feed her, even if it’s a little amount.....shouldn't I???????"
Jul 28, 2010
You can do it...
"What a great mom you are... You should feel proud of yourself for not giving up altogether.
There is still hope for you to have a full supply and breastfeed exclusively...since you didn't stop altogether.
You can continue to breastfeed as you are doing, and pump in between feedings. Try the following and then please let me know if your supply has increased; if it hasn't increased, after a week, we can try a different approach...
- Start taking Fenugreek... It's cheap, and it starts working within a day or two.
- Start massaging your breast every day, every time you take a bath or shower.
- Have you asked your doctor about galactagogues? You can take most of the herbal galactagogues in combinations which will help a lot. Just a word of caution, first ask your doctor if you are on any other medications.
- Have you thought of using an SNS system (supplementary nursing system)? This will allow you to breastfeed baby even while she is receiving formula...this will start to increase your own milk supply (because of the stimulation at the breast), and after a while, you might be able to begin breastfeeding exclusively without the lactation aid.
Here is a video on how to use a lactation aid...
And yes, you are right...even the tiniest bit of breast milk is like gold...that's why it is often referred to as "liquid gold" So you are doing a great job...
Good luck Kelly..."