I'm new here, just had my baby girl last Monday, the 14th. She was an emergency c section and I have heard that c sections, as well as pitocin can cause your milk to come in slowly. I did labor, for 27 hours before the c section happened, 12 of those was with the epidural and on and off with the pitocin. Well I am 8 days out, and while I do have milk now, there is not a lot, it never even leaks. We worked with the lactation consultant at the hospital to correct latching issues, but I'm not 100% we are doing it right, she still seems to fight latching on at first. We are pumping right now and bottle feeding the breastmilk, then making up the rest of the volume with formula so that we can give as little formula as possible. The first time I pump for the day, I will get between 20-30 ml and then progressively it tapers off throughout the day unless I skip a pumping (like today, I had to skip because I left the newborn photographer's house and had to go straight to the surgeons office to get my staples removed) usually I end up around 10-12 ml for the rest of my pumpings, every 2-3 hours. I am doing skin to skin contact, eating lactation oatmeal cookies, resting and drinking lots of water, letting warm water hit my breasts in the shower, eating a balanced diet, and we've begun putting her on breast and then pumping when I take her off (we started this today) In the last 24 hours, my face has gone from cleared up (when I got pregnant and throughout the pregnancy my skin stayed terrible) to all zitty again and my breasts have gotten very tender, and not the nipple its the actual breast, I'm hoping this is a good sign that another hormone is working.
I asked the surgeon today at my staple removal appointment if this is it for milk and she was pretty much "ehhh sounds like you are just going to have to formula feed" she didn't offer any advice or help, note that this is not my normal OB, I only went back to her because she did the c section since my doctor is out of town and was not on call the night I delivered.
Has anyone heard of it taking longer than this for the milk to really start flowing? Do I have any chance of getting her on the breast at this point? I'm starting to get so discouraged, first I couldn't birth my baby and now I feel like I can't even feed her.
Thanks for listening