Hi yes the low supply is from DS sucking for most of the feed and not swallowing and me failing to recognise this. This is why I am feeding 2 hourly and pumping in between & doing compressions.
The LC says my attachment and position are correct.
Unfortunately DS did not gain anymore weight. I would prefer to not have him weighed daily but need to get it sorted as I hate to think DS is going hungry..
However we are still having wet nappies and he is settling better.
My LC suggested tomorrow if DS doesnt gain any further weight to give a bottle of mixed formula/breast milk of an evening and keep trying to boost my supply.
So confused..I really want to persevere with BF but not to the detriment of DS and him being hungry
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13-05-2012 20:37 #21
13-05-2012 21:36 #22-
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I never got my milk in naturally as I had to have a planned Cesarian, so I can advise a few things.
First they started me on Motilium to get my milk going. That was great...... for a few weeks..... then my supply dropped
I was told by the CHN to use "breastfeeding tea". The brand was Weleda.
He said it would definitely boost my supply. So I went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist and I both looked at the active ingredients and found it was the Fenugreek that helped with boosting lactation.
Instead of buying an incredible expensive and horrible tasting tea, I just got a jar of Fenugreek capsules. They worked fantastic! All 100% natural too.
Also, as another PP mentioned as well, porridge. Oatmeal to be exact. I ate oatmeal every morning for a year and I don't think I'll ever touch it again, but it did help really well
So without going the chemical way and getting a script for Motilium, Fenugreek capsules and oatmeal were THE best options that helped me boost my supply. I only have small breasts and DS was way off the charts with weight and height since 3 months. So yes, I needed all the boosting I could get. He really really was a piggy!
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14-05-2012 11:42 #23
Can I suggest if you have to supplement your son's feeds you use a syringe or a cup/spoon? That way he doesnt get confused between how to suck on a boob vs a bottle. It will not help him back to the breast.
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14-05-2012 14:52 #24
Thanks DS is already having breast milk in a bottle, fingers crossed there is no nipple confusion.
What are signs that my supply is increasing?
14-05-2012 15:08 #25
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14-05-2012 18:04 #26-
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Nipple confusion isn't that common at all. DS had no issue swapping between EBM out of a bottle and my boob. Most mums of who I know have breastfed and/or are breastfeeding, have had no issues with nipple confusions.
The only sign I would know is if he's content after a feed and wont want more after an hour orso.
14-05-2012 22:19 #27
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14-05-2012 22:35 #28
There is a difference between small capacity and low supply. If your breasts have small capacity you will always need to feed frequently. Do you feel engorged ever? Small capacity boobs feel engorged and uncomfortably full even with small volumes.
Goats rue is beneficial, you can but it online. I reckon it's more effective than fenugreek. Motillium will only increase supply by about 10% but for some women that's enough.
17-05-2012 09:14 #29
Thanks yes my breasts do get engorged so I figure I will need to express for sometime? With a smaller storage capacity does this mean I wont be able to express and refrigerate/freeze much breast milk at all?
For thos of you that took fenugreek and motillium - did you find this changed your babies bowel movement or gave them wind?
17-05-2012 12:40 #30
Another question - whats the normal amount I should be getting when I express? (I am wondering if I am going to have to pump forever with not much milk to show for it)
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