Hi everyone. I've reached out to about 20 people on this topic now from nurses to doctors to an LC to one of the members of the local LLL to friends and friends of friends and I have tried everything I can think of but I just wanted to ask a few questions before I give up on trying to breastfeed my two week old daughter.
Background: I had an emergency c-section on 3/6/2012 after 16 hours of labor due to my daughter being over 8lbs and transverse. I did not have any milk before I left the hospital on 3/9/2012. I started using a pump in hospital but was only getting less than a ml of colostrum since I did not have milk. My daughter did not come home with us due to jaundice and was bottle fed for 24 hours before actually leaving on 3/10/2012.
I did not have any milk come in until 3/12/2012. It was only about 3ml total each time I pumped. Over the past 10 days I have not gotten more than 5ml per pump. Daughter will latch properly but we started supplementing since she got very dehydrated and was not making any wet diapers in longer then 12 hours.
At her two week appointment she had lost weight so we started having to supplement more. Since 3/12/2012 I have tried everything anyone has suggested to me: fenugreek, Mother's Milk tea, oatmeal not taking my allergy medicine any more, pumping, letting her nurse whenever she wanted, manually expressing...none of it has worked to get more than maybe 1/2 an ounce a whole day, still only about 5ml a pump. (I might be missing some stuff here that I tried since I've been so obsessed with it over the past week.) I never feel engorgement or any hardness/fullness in my breasts.
I am honestly about ready to give up and I do not feel remiss in doing so as long as I've exhausted all of my options. I spend more time crying and worrying about my lack of milk than I do loving and caring about my daughter.
I always dreamed of a natural birth and breast feeding my daughter for years but I feel like have been robbed of this experience for some reason. I want her to be healthy and happy though and she is not thriving due to my lack of milk. I feel like I have not seen any woman in my situation and it makes me feel like maybe I am missing something.
Thanks for your help.