Hi, this is my first post! I will try not to make this my life story....
I am pregnant with my second baby, my first baby I had a 53 hour hospital labour, gave birth naturally, and spent a few nights in there struggling to breast feed. So i,n my sleep deprived exhaustion I caved and gave him a bottle. When he was 6 weeks old I decided i wanted him back on the boob, so I relactated, pumping 10-12 times a day, putting him to the breast, skin to skin weekends in bed, and taking domperidone to help my supply. I successfully managed to express enough milk to offer him a bottle at the end of the day, and would give him boob before he went down for the night. He would only really snack on me because he was used to the flow of the milk from the bottle. My milk never 'came in' and I had a low supply but I continued with this until we relocated to Hong Kong from the UK and he was formula fed from 6 months. The difference between feeding him at 6 weeks was it didn't hurt, his latch was perfect, and I had confidence in myself.
This time I am armed with knowledge! I am learning the science behind breastmilk and I will be joining my local LLL meet every month until baby is born, I have a LC coming to see me in hospital when i give birth, and some home visits too. I am DETERMINED to breast feed exclusively this time.
So, my first question is: do i prepare by getting lots of fenugreek, milk thistle and possibly even domperidone just in case I have the same milk supply issues as last time? Or do I not bother, and just get on with it? Will it hurt to take fenugreek regardless? what are your views on herbal supplements? Obviously domperidone will be a last resort, if I have supply issues this time I will pump after feedings and do everything I can possibly do to empty my breasts.
Thanks for reading, and thank you in advance for any advice or support you can offer me.