Re: no milk even after trying everything
I'm so sorry you've had such a rough time, mama. I remember when my DD2 was transverse for several weeks towards the end of pregnancy- I was freaking out about whether or not she would turn (she did), and so scared of ending up with a c-section... I'm sorry you didn't get lucky.
It sounds like you are doing everything right, so it's kind of a puzzle to me why you're not seeing more milk. There are a few medical issues that can cause supply problems, so I would suggest going to the doc and getting some tests. Conditions that can cause supply problems include:
- retained placenta
- thyroid problems (very common in postpartum women, even in women who have never had thyroid issues before)
- hormonal problems (PCOS being the most common one)
There us also a condition called IGT (Insufficient Glandular Tissue) that can cause severe problems with supply- but I assume your LC would have picked up on that.
I assume you're pumping all the time, but if you're pumping any less often than 8-10 times a day, you're not pumping enough.
Please don't let this situation get you down. So many mamas struggle with supply and it is awful, especially for a woman who had her heart set on the "perfect" experience. But one of the beautiful things about breastfeeding is that it doesn't have to be all or nothing. If you can nurse exclusively, that's great. If not, that's okay too. Every drop of milk you can give your child is an amazing gift.
Has anyone suggested supplementing your baby at the breast, using a supplemental nursing system or Lact-aid? That might give you a more peaceful nursing experience- though the tubes from a supplementer can be fiddly- and allow you to enjoy your baby and breastfeeding more. You might also want to talk to your doc about Reglan and Domperidone, which are Rx drugs that, as a side-effect, can increase prolactin levels and milk supply. Both have additional side-effects and are not right for all women, so don't take them without speaking to your doc!
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