My dd is 9 days old and due to a significant loss of blood during & after birth my milk has been delayed. Drs have said it will be delayed. It seems to be decreasing though & my boobs are back to pre-pregnancy size & feel.
So I've been trying to express every 2-3 hrs, latching her on to stimulate it, taking medication & made up some lactation cookies ladt night- trying everything I can. I managed to get approx 100 ml at one pumping earlier this week but since then I'm struggling to manage 10 ml.
Does anyone have any suggestion? Advice? I felt yesterday what milk I do have at the moment is drying up. I desperately want to bf but at the moment im just not producing enough for her.
Any advice is welcome of how I could possibly encourage the milk would be great.
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15-12-2013 05:48 #1Junior Member
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Encouraging milk to come in
15-12-2013 05:52 #2
Get the mods to move this thread over to the breastfeeding section. They are a wealth of knowledge over there
15-12-2013 05:58 #3
I am going to move this over to Breastfeeding Support for you
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15-12-2013 06:07 #4
Get her on your breast as often as possible. Every 2-3 hours is not enough. Every hour at the longest.
Expressing is ok, but your body releases hormones when you breast feed your baby which help stimulate milk production. It works on a demand and supply principle, so the more you demand, the more you should make!
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15-12-2013 06:55 #5
Yep get her on the breast. It will increase your supply a lot more effectively than a pump. Set yourself up in bed with snacks, water bottle, something to watch and some nappies and just let her go to town on the breast. Let her fall asleep on the breast if she will. It's important for you to relax too which is why the few days in bed will hopefully do the trick
15-12-2013 07:26 #6
Get a script for motilium. Take two three times a day. Feed feed feed!
Pumping is not an indication of supply- my body is not responsive to the pump at all but I can bf just fine.
Try to feed as much as possible. Have a nursing holiday-Take baby to bed with you for a couple of days. Get your partner to wait on you and you and baby stay put. Feed and rest and feed some more. Google Melbourne doula blissful herbs- she sells a herbal bf tea, it's cheap, tasty and she posts fast. Drink a few cups a day. Your milk will be cranking in no time!
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15-12-2013 07:38 #7
As everyone elsesaid...feed feed feed. When I was pumping I found it very hard to maintain supply. Pumping will not be as productive as feeding. Avoid coffee if you can, it can reduce milk production.
Lactation cookies are good, also fenugreek and the motilium thats already been suggested. Also if you are pumping, sounds weird but try pumping looking at bub, maybe a photo or something if bub is asleep...that also helps with the hormone release. And drink lots of water. Don't lose heart, its early days.
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15-12-2013 09:45 #8Junior Member
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Thanks so much everyone.
15-12-2013 10:47 #9
Ale sure YOU are hydrated and eating enough too.
On days I didn't drink enough, I felt my milk was less.
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15-12-2013 11:25 #10
I'm not an expert but have just gone through what you are going through, I had a similar situation to you in that my milk took forever to come in.
My 6w old wouldn't latch until she turned 3w.
I was expressing 3-4 hourly up until this point and giving her formula to top her up as I was only getting small amounts too.
I was started on motilium and I've been eating lactation cookies, putting wheatgerm on my cereal and drinking nursing tea. Drinking tonnes of water and eating well.
Finally now at 6 w DD is 100% breast fed and she is thriving.
I know how you feel anxious but if you are willing to keep on trying there is a good chance you will get there in the end.
For me it was a long and painful journey (I hated expressing all the time) but in the end it worked out fine. The LC I was seeing told me expressing is not a true indication of your supply and it won't bring the milk in as well as baby suckling. If you are not already seeing a LC, I'd ask to see one in the hospital or community health centre. If you are in Sydney and travel, I can PM you the the details of the one I saw, she was amazing.
Ask them about putting you on motilium, it worked a treat for me.
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