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    It's been almost 5 days since bub number 3 is born and still no breast milk
    I breastfeed both my other kids.
    Just tried to express some and less than 10ml after 10 min of expressing
    Any tips on how to bring on breast milk?
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    Are you still in hospital? 5 days is a little long but not that unheard of. 10ml isn't that bad.... Bubs only need a tiny amount at that age. The best way to bring in your milk is to put bub in the boob as often as you can every 2-3 hours or more if needed. (not bottle, don't rely on pumping). Drink heaps and heaps of water and eat well (no diets!). If you are still worried your doc can prescribe medication to help with milk production.

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    My milk didn't come in until day 5.

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    My milk didn't come in till day 6 with #1 for number 2 it came in on day 3... Differences where I ate lactation cookie from day one (can you get someone to bake for you if you're still hospital?) the other thing I did is fed every 3 hours at least, once my milk came in I relaxed and demand fed... Just keep putting bub on the boob & pump in between, my LC says its easier to deal with a high supply than low later on so just stimulate your milk as often as you can! Good luck! X

    I agree with PP, my LC constantly reminded me that the best sign bub is getting enough is plenty of pooy & wet nappies.
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    I am not in hospital anymore.
    I breastfeed him at the moment every 4- 5 hours and try to express if he sleeps too long.
    I have been topping up with formula after feeds, he's getting very frustrated with no milk, so it's hard to judge from his poop.
    With my first it took a good 7 days before my milk came in. With my second also took about 4 days.
    My breasts does feel a lot fuller.
    He is latching onto one breast quite well and not so good with the other.

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    Be careful with formula top ups and only feeding every 4-5 hours. The more time bub is on the bottle = the less time bub is on the boob = milk is slower to come in

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    Agree with PPs that you should feed or express every 2-3 hours at this stage.

    Also, how are you delivering top ups? Bottle? If bottle, I'd use Calma teat or even better just syringe/finger feed or cup feed to avoid bottle/breast confusion which could be affecting latch.

    DS wouldn't attach without a nipple shield which was useless until my milk came in, so I expressed every 2-3 hours and syringe/finger fed or cup fed the few mls of colostrum I was producing for the first 3 days until my milk started to come in. This worked really well to bring in my milk.

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    Agree with pp's keep him on the breast as much as possible and skin to skin as well. I was also given the advice by my MW and LC to not allow him to go more than 4 hours overnight and 3 during the day without a feed - wake him if he's sleeping for a feed. My bub also didn't take well to one side initially. I found feeding laying down really helped. I expressed and syringe fed as well when I couldn't get him latched on well.

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    Lots of good advice already. My first thoughts were you may have more then you think, ask someone to bake you some lactation cookies, feed AT LEAST 3 hourly and ditch the bottles.

    BUT you know your body best and if you think that there really is a problem with your milk coming in be sure to exclude any retained placenta, infection or a problem with bub (like tongue tie).

    It may be worth chatting to a ibclc.

    Good luck. X

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