Hi, I'm new. Baby is 10 weeks old tomorrow. She was born 5lbs 4oz but was full term and was fine, but the doc suggested 1 feeding of formula a day and I cried but I gave in and we continued breastfeeding. My milk came in when I came home from the hospital on day 3. The first week that baby was crying a lot. I had an episiotomy so it was difficult to adjust. I also have had my indian mother in law living with us for the last 3 months in our one bedroom apartment so there has been tension there.
On day 11, my daughter did not gain any weight from the initial she lost. She was 4lbs 13oz. I went immediately to a lactation consultant who suggested I feed formula at each feeding and try more milk plus. She said I was starving my baby. The more milk plus didn't work. She sent me for blood work which neither my OB or my primary doctor would sign off on except for my thryoid. I felt like my lc, although recommended highly by the local La Leche chapter just wrote me off as not capable of breastfeeding. She said, "at least you can say you've tried everything."
I talked to other LC's on the phone and they recommended pumping around the clock, which did nothing. I started domperidone 4 weeks ago. I'm still talking more milk plus and I'm drinking milkmaid tea. I eat oatmeal for breakfast, drink dark beer each nigh (love it). I did notice that when I don't feed, I maybe get an ounce, which is up since I started the domperidone, but that is it. I ususally only get .25 of an ounce.I use medela bottles and I rarely even hit the lowest line.
I go back to work in 2 weeks. I'm wondering if I should just quit. I LOVE having my baby at the breast. I hate having to defend myself should I get a new pediatrician in the group at the practice. They tell me to relax and think I can do it. My husband is patient but not enough to starve the poor girl (again).
I tried lact-aid too and was very unsuccessful. I think it's just too late for this baby. It's both too fast (for breast) and too slow (for the bottle) for what she's used to.
So I believe that if I don't feed all day and just pump, I'd get 3oz if I ate enough carbs the day before. The only thing I haven't tried is a hospital grade pump, I have the pump in style advanced and each lc told me that was enough to make a difference.
I should count my blessings, I got pregnant right away and had an easy pregnancy and a healthy daughter. I just never imagined the pain of not being able to feed my daughter.
Oh, I'm busy to come to the computer but I'd love to hear of anyone who was able to get more milk this late in the game?