I had my first child 4 months ago. I desperately wanted a natural birth and to ebf. What I got was a csection due to breech presentation and very low supply. After struggling for 2+ months to bf, supplement, and then pump my son's love of the bottle increased and patience for my breast decreased. I now pump 6-7 times per day which results in ~10 ounces. While I have now accepted I will never ebf my son and he is thriving on a combination of formula and beast milk, I would like to hear others suggestions on things I could do prior to pregnancy/delivery as well as immediately following to better increase my odds of an increased supply for a second child.
- Delivery nurse immediately provided me with a shield (saying I had short nipples) which I took in my state of being a first time mom coming out of surgery. Other than a few times, my son was never able to latch without the shield. LC felt that a shield wasn't necessary.
- Used a slow flow Medela bottle for about 8 weeks, but switched due to failure to thrive. The first week my son used Dr Brown bottles he gained 1.5 pounds.
- Eat oatmeal every day and tried several supplements (fenugreek, etc) and find that I do best with Mother's Love More Milk Special Blend. I am small chested and did not get much larger during pregnancy. The Goat's Rue seems to help.
- Was advised by LC to take Reglan or Domperidon. My OB checked my prolactin levels, said I was normal and would not prescribe medication. I was uncertain if it was worth the risk to take medication so I did not fight the issue.
Thank you in advance!!