Is Milk Gone?
My baby was born early at 35 weeks and was in NICU so I never established BF'ing. I pumped every 3 hours in hospital with wonderful results. When we got home pumped regularly with continued great results.Unfortunately, sleep won out. I haven't pumped in a week or two. How do I know if my milk is dried up and if I can get it back. I feel horrible as my breastmilk supply has finally run out and it seems he is not tolerating the formula well. Any suggestions will be apprecaited.
Re: Is Milk Gone?
Is your milk gone? Probably not entirely. My kid stopped nursing several months ago and I can still squeeze out a few drops.
Can you get it back? Yes! Here are some of the things you can do:
- See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. She can guide you through the process of getting your supply back, and can probably rent or sell you any of the gear you need (like a really good pump or the right size of breastshields).
- Pump frequently using the best pump you can afford. When I had supply issues, I pumped each side for 10 minutes every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night using a rental hospital-grade pump (which was a huge improvement over the little Ameda Purely-Yours I started with!).
- Herbs. Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and oatmeal are all good for supply. You can contact your LC for the correct dosages.
- Drugs. Reglan (available in the US) and Domperidone (Canada) are anti-nausea drugs that, as a side-effect, can increase milk supply. Both are prescription only and both have additional side-effects, so you need to talk to your physician or midwife before taking either one.