Re: Question Re: Milk Coming In??
Let's say you express a few drops onto the surface of the nipple. What do they look like? If they are a golden yellow color, then what you're seeing is colostrum. If they are anywhere in the spectrum of creamy white to bluish white, then you are seeing milk. Many moms talk about milk coming in as being a distinct and noticeable interval, where they suddenly experience a lot of sensations of fullness or engorgement. But it doesn't work that way for all mothers. It is possible for milk to come in without mom noticing any significant changes in terms of breast size or fullness or letdown sensation (many mothers do not experience letdown sensation at all).
IV fluids, early supplementation, and latch problems can all impact the timing of milk coming in, and the amount of milk that is produced. However, these issues can almost always all be overcome given the right tools and determination. Here's what I suggest:
1. See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC.
2. Pump frequently using a high-quality pump.
3. Supplement with your own milk.
4. Check out this link on Weaning from supplements: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html
5. Definitely try power pumping!
How much are you supplementing with, and how is nursing going aside from supplementing? Does baby's latch feel comfortable, is he sleepy at the breast, does he fuss at the breast when he wants a bottle?
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