Yesterday, 10:43 PM
Yes, I am desperate and may even be a bit depressed.
This is my story…I am currently 8 weeks post-partum. It was my goal to exclusively breastfeed my baby but it never happened.
While at the hospital, I did put the baby at the breast several times and even used the hospital pump. I was only getting a few drops of milk. On the 2nd day of being at the hospital, I ended up giving the baby formula.
Once at home, I continued in my attempt to breastfeed but with no luck. A few more drops of milk was coming in, but not enough. The baby did latch, but even after putting him 7 minutes at each breast, he was not satisfied. He cried, slept and woke up hungry again.
Although he continues on formula, I occasionally put him on the breast for his comfort, to help get rid of his hic-ups, and because I just refuse to completely give up.
After educating myself a bit more, I made a plan to make the breastfeeding happen. I rented a hospital grade pump. I have been pumping at least 4 times a day for almost 3 weeks now, I am drinking lots of water, eating oatmeal, drinking lactation smoothies. But, despite all of these changes, nothing seems to work. I may get a few drops from the left breast and between ½ to 1 ounce from the right breast. I know that I should be pumping at least 8 times in a day, but since I really don’t see any improvement, I wonder if the extra pumping sessions are worthwhile! I started taking fenugreek yesterday, but I just “feel” that it will not work.
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