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    Default Tubular Breasts

    I was told by lactation specialist that my milk supply could be low because of tubular breasts. Baby is almost 2 weeks old and I'm using supplemental feeding tube of goat's milk hooked up to my breast but it is very tiring and difficult to do alone. My goal is to feed just with the breast milk - has anyone with tubular breasts been successful feeding with supplement? If so, some advice would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Tubular Breasts

    Yes! You can do it! I'm so glad you're seeking info from LLL so early... I'm sure other more experienced mamas will chime in, but I wanted to share with you that I have somewhat "tubular" breasts myself, and have struggled with my supply since my son was born 3.5 months ago... one thing that I've learned is that when you're establishing your supply in the early weeks, as you are doing right now, the most important thing is to nurse nurse nurse nurse! And then nurse some more. Even if all your baby is doing is comfort nursing, your breasts are being stimulated. BFing is all about supply and demand, and right now your body is figuring out how much milk it needs to produce to feed your new baby based on the demand you put on your breasts, and this calibration takes place when you remove milk. By removing milk as fast as it can come in during these early days, you'll be setting yourself up for a healthy supply. You can pump whenever possible, too, to increase the demand on your breasts. When I was in your position, I believe I supplemented TOO much, which told my body that I wouldn't need much milk, and therefore set me up for supply problems that to this day I am struggling to remedy.

    Can I ask why you think you need to supplement?
    DS#1: Aidan, born 1/7/11 - 9 lbs. 5 oz. 22 in. (a difficult induced labor), BFed for 2.5 years after a VERY rocky start (indebted to LLL for the support)!
    DS#2: Amiel, born 12/11/13 - 9lbs, 22 in., 8 days "late," spontaneously, naturally & unmedicated after resisting pressure to induce.
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    Oh by the way, congratulations on your new little one!
    DS#1: Aidan, born 1/7/11 - 9 lbs. 5 oz. 22 in. (a difficult induced labor), BFed for 2.5 years after a VERY rocky start (indebted to LLL for the support)!
    DS#2: Amiel, born 12/11/13 - 9lbs, 22 in., 8 days "late," spontaneously, naturally & unmedicated after resisting pressure to induce.
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    mine are too somewhat, and i wish now i hadnt used as much supp too, im sure it effected my supply BUT you have come to the right place for help these mammas have ben a BIG help Congrats on your new LO hang in there we are here for you you can do this
    Im Jenn
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    Kelsey BF 3 months
    Kenneth BF 3 months
    Blaze BF 3.5 years (tandem)
    Bristol BF 3.5 years (tandem)
    Raiden BF 15months & counting


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    Default Re: Tubular Breasts

    O and my LO is down to 4oz of formula and my supply was about gone & now im having issues w/OALD Im currently using: Fengrk (16)-mothers milk tea(5 bags)- fennel tea(2 bags)- Blessed thistle(16) EVERYDAY- and i will be adding some others after some more research... il let you know what and i pump after BFing and try to get a session or two in if DS takes a nap
    Im Jenn
    Mamma To:
    Kelsey BF 3 months
    Kenneth BF 3 months
    Blaze BF 3.5 years (tandem)
    Bristol BF 3.5 years (tandem)
    Raiden BF 15months & counting


    We
    NIP BLS

    In need of some

    LACTIVIST

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    Default Re: Tubular Breasts

    Congrats on your baby! I also have somewhat tubular breasts. Here's my story: my baby bf'ed great till we reached the 3 wk mark. My LC said it was bc of stress, which at the time i had bc i was a new mom and was trying to figure the whole BFing thing plus sore nipples and clogged ducts. However, my baby kept losing weight and falling asleep on the breast so i started using the SNS. Anyway, i later found out (by reading Lisa Marasco's 'The breastfeeding mother's way to Making More Milk) that i may not have sufficient mammary gland and perhaps PCOS (since i do have most of the symptoms) which is a hormonal problem. So, i started taking Shatavari and Goat's Rue. I think the Goat's Rue is starting to help and i wish i would've started sooner. Plus i pump 7 times a day (every 2 hours for 20 minutes). It is such a hastle and I feel like i have no life but pumping and nursing but i have noticed my baby taking less supplement (which is another mom's BM). Another thing that kind of helped is stout beer, but mainly for one feeding. If you only drink half, your liver will process the alcohol in a way your baby wont get any in the BM. Anyway, you might want to read her book since it has much more info about hormones an other thing on what might be affecting your supply. After reading that, I was a little upset at my LC not taking the time to look at my breasts and notice they were a somewhat tubular and perhaps just ask a few simple questions about my symptoms. Good luck mama!

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