I wasn't allowed to try to nurse in first hour after birth, then she had trouble latching so we started supplementing. She never did latch correctly in the hospital and she's become a bottle fee baby. I still try to nurse and have been pumping, but I am hardly producing any milk. Today is day six and it's so frustrating. The lactation consultant won't meet with me until I'm producing more milk, but I'm not sure I can. Has anyone else been able to breast feed after being in a similar situation? Or should I just call it quits on the breast feeding?
Your best bet would be to ditch the bottles completely and latch baby every 2 hours latching takes lots of practice the more you do it the better you get. After you latch your baby and the feeding session is done drink a glass of water and pump 1 breast at a time for 20 mins. A piece doing massaging and compressing toward your nipple to help get the most milk out. Please remember a pump is not an indicator of how much milk you are producing a baby is more efficient. The lactation consultant should see you regardless and if you are going to supplement do it with your own milk also invest in a supplemental nursing system to supplement and nurse at the same time to help with production always drink plenty of fluids. Try the side Laying position it could really help do skin to skin often and you and baby hang out in bed so you can be more comfortable at learning to latch. Message me if you have any questions.
You can make breastfeeding work its just going to take time and effort. Persistence is going to be key. I recommend nursing as frequently as baby wants. The more you get baby to nurse the more your milk will come in. Try to exclusively nurse and use bottles as a last resort like if baby nurses and is freaking out after because she's still hungry give just a small amount of formula. Drink lots of fluid yourself. I've heard eating oatmeal helps increase production. Also like mentioned above after nursing pump a little even if nothing comes out because it will stimulate you to produce more. Hang in there you can do this :)
Try to do as much skin-to-skin time as possible with the baby too - that will help your body produce more. When you are nursing, make sure the baby's mouth is open with her lips out. I had a difficult time with my kids latching and that was part of it - make sure the lips are out and not curled in/under. I also have an inverted nipple on one side that made latching tough. Stick with it.
Try pumping after you feed your baby too - that will help your body think you need to produce more.
Thanks ladies! I was finally able to meet with the LC and she ended up giving me a nipple shield, which really helps. We are still supplementing because I feel as if she is starving if not. I can pump right afterwards and still get milk, so I think she is still having problems transferring the milk. Some days are better than others though. Meeting with the LC again tomorrow. I'm interested in seeing how much milk she is actually taking in.
Met with LC a second time. Alexandria only took in 12 ml from nursing (improvement over last week's 2 ml). I am pumping more milk, although I'm still a shy bit short of what I need to only feed breast milk. I'm taking fenugreek and blessed thistle, which seem to be helping. I bought oatmeal too, but haven't made any yet. Meeting with LC on Thursday, so hopefully we'll see another increase in the intake.
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