My baby is now 5 days old and I have low supply. I checked with my LC consultant today, and we found I am producing 18ml both breasts combined. He was born at 39 weeks by c-section due to breech presentation, but I feel (and so does my LC) that he is more like 37 or 38 weeks as he is small, a slow feeder, etc. He was 6lb 13oz but lost weight quickly (12% by day 3) as my supply is low and we had to start supplementing, but he is very sleepy and it is very difficult to bottle feed him. Just fyi, supposedly my milk has "come in" but the supply is abysmal, as you can see.
This, unfortunately, is a repeat performance for my breasts which pulled the same stunts last time with my first baby. Last time I started taking domperidone at around 4 weeks to give my body "time" to see what it could do on its own. Taking the domperidone doubled my supply which meant I could give my baby anywhere from half to up to about 80% of his feeds depending on how fast he was outpacing me. I breastfed until 5 months and pumped until a year even though it meant pumping like crazy around the clock. I was SO PROUD to give my baby my milk, and I want to do it again!
So this time I am very disappointed as I was hoping for a better supply than before, but I guess this is it. Sooooo... when should I start the domperidone? I am hesitant to start it so early just in case a miracle occurs (very doubtful) and my milk "comes in" better over the next several days. However, my baby is not gaining weight very well as it is difficult to formula feed him, so the sooner my supply is up, the better!!!
I would appreciate all advice on the matter, especially people with experience. I don't want to hurt my supply by starting too early, but not even sure if this is possible. Thank everyone, and GOOD LUCK to all the mommies out there like me who want desperately to give their babies the best they can .