I am a first time mom, having just delivered on Wednesday of this week
a beautiful baby girl.
I began breastfeeding as soon as Chloe was born and continued in the hospital as much as I was able. My dilemma is that my body was so filled with fluid due to the Iv from my epidural that baby did not want to and could not properly latch on, despite all efforts I made. I had to break down and give her formula supplement
because my supply was not enough for her demand. She was born 9 lbs 7
oz, and had such a strong suck that what my body could produce again
was not enough for what she needed. Needless to say, she lost 8
percent of body weight before we left hospital on Friday. I am sure
this is due to excess fluid in her system too, however it did have
more to do with me.
We brought her home and i continued to attempt to nurse her, but was
still so swollen with fluid that we had to give her formula because
she became so fussy because she couldn't get satisfied from my breast.
It is now early Sunday morning and I am up past my bedtime, exhausted,
emotional, and have engorged breasts that I have attempted to hand and
pump express so my milk supply would come in soon. I pray it will
come in within the next day. I am using hot compresses and have taken
showers to help release some of the fluid.
I am sitting here with cabbage leaves in my nursing bra as I type
this. This is helping
I have called a lactation specialist however I am sure I wont hear
from her until Monday.
I've also purchased fenugreek and mothers milk tea from whole foods.
Have taken the required dose today.
I partly feel like I am giving up by giving her formula, but I am sure
you understand that everyone's situation is different. I want to
breastfeed but need some advice as to how to get over the hurdle that
is engorgement and get my milk in full force do baby is finally
satisfied with my breast. Tonight's early am feeding I will express
each breast for 10 min, will attempt to feed her, but know that she
will get fussy because I have nothing to give and will have to give
I've contacted a lactation consutant and hope they'll call tomorrow.
At this point, and the reason for my post l is to get some quick advice
for the weekend so i can get past the engorgement issue.