I am currently trying to build a full milk supply for my four week old. Some background- we planned a homebirth, but circumstances did not cooperate and we ended up with a c-section followed by severe post partum hemmoraging. I needed 8 units of blood and spent 3 days in ICU, during which time the baby did come down to breast feed but was also supplemented with formula.
Once we moved to post partum recovery we supplemented with a tube and syringe at the breast and continued that for 2.5 weeks. The we switched to a bottle for supplements for my sanity.
The things I am doing to get my milk up:
- pumping for 20 min after breastfeeding
- eating oatmeal and drinking non-alcoholic beer
- taking more milk plus
- taking 80 mg of domperidone (just started 2 days ago)
The baby eats 5 times a day; I'm not sure if I should also try to get another pumping session in right when she goes to sleep? We currently switch nurse, then she gets a bottle if she wants one (usually 2 oz plus what I pumped, usually 0.1 oz), then I pump.
I just rented a scale. At previous post feed weighs at lactation groups she was getting 1.5+ oz from me. Based on a few days of weighing at home she is getting about an ounce each time. This is so discouraging because I feel we are going backwards. However, I also suspect I have started menstrating again, which I have read can decrease supply.
I have had my blood checked recently and everything is back to normal. I am waiting on the results of a prolactin level test as well.
At this point I don't feel like this will ever get better and I am completely heartbroken. I have promised myself that I will push forward until week 6 and then reassess.
Any advice or suggestions are appreciated!