I didn't want my first post to be one of distress, but I'm so overwhelmed and don't know what to do.... or what is going wrong for that matter.
I have a bright and beautiful 3 week old(tomorrow) little boy
Birth date: May 4
Birth weight: 8lbs 10oz(however I think it was due to 10 hours of IV, and "copious" amounts of amniotic fluid prior to IV)
Weight May 6 - before discharge: 7lbs 12oz
Weight May 8 - first Dr visit: 7lbs 9oz
Weight check May 14 - 7lbs 6oz
.....had to start supplementing to stop weight loss. He would only take 1/2 - 1oz each time and was breastfeeding before and after each supplement, which was done with a dropper to avoid nipple confusion. We have tried supplementing at the breast, but due to his latch it never goes well.
Weight check May 18 - 7lbs 9.5oz
....told I could stop supplementing and try just breastfeeding.
Weight check May 25 - 7lbs 12.5oz yay!
All above Dr weights are done with diapers on regardless if wet or not.
Then my supply seemed to drop.
Current weight on my scale(which is very accurate), no clothes or diapers: 7lbs 12oz
Before and after "feeding" weight check shows 1oz after 1-2 hours of feeding each time I have done it.
6-10 wets diapers a day
1-3 pooped diapers a day
Low supply concern and history.... my milk dried up at 4 weeks with my first baby, after breastfeeding using an SNS for the duration of the time I breastfed. Little to no milk supply with my second child, had to stop after 3 weeks due to continued weight loss and a very unhappy baby. Didn't even try with my fourth child, due to the history with my other two. This is my fourth, and final child, and I wanted to give it a go as best I can.
Had severely sore nipples this time, started working with an IBCLC. Got ointment that is amazing stuff! Helped tremendously! Underlying issue is latch.... unintentional shallow latch due to issues with his tongue, and also has a shallow mouth. I also have larger nipples which is making it harder for him to get much of my areola in his mouth with the nipple. My nipples come out looking like a new tube of lip stick. Though, again, they don't hurt much anymore. Exterior latch is perfect. Though I am now having issues on my right side with getting him latched properly. Doesn't matter how wide he opens his mouth he will either snap his lower lip tight up so he only has my nipple in his mouth, or I'll get enough in his mouth and he will spit out everything but my nipple. He'll like lock his jaw so I can't even reach in and pull his chin down gently like the LC showed me. And though my nipples don't hurt much anymore, it can get uncomfortable. Praying for the magic 6-8 weeks..... the LC believes he will grow out of it no problem, it's just a matter of getting there. My sister had the same issues with her son, and he grew out of it at 6 weeks. I'm just worried about my supply getting to the 6 weeks.
I have larger pillowy breasts, so cross hold, while supporting my breast, is the only real position I can use. And does work great for us.
I feed on demand so i can get the stimulation.
He will nurse for hours literally and seem hungry. My supply seemed to drop on Saturday and has gotten worse since then, or so it seems. He started thrashing around and pulling at the breast last night too.
On top of low milk supply I also have slow letdown.
Currently taking 4 Fenugreek 3x/day and 3 Blessed Thistle 3x/day. Eating loads of oatmeal, drinking lots of water, avoiding gluten(as I am gluten intolerant, and quite certain that is why i have made it so far this time with little to no formula). Also eating spinach, lentils, brown rice, etc.
Waiting to hear back from my LC about getting Domperidone.
Unable to get anything when pumping, or even attempting to express by hand. It's all I can do to get a little milk to put on my nipples.
I just don't know what to do. I am so frustrated right now. And of course emotions of frustration, guilt, etc don't help.
I just want to do what is best for him....
Thank you so much for listening..... even if that is all that can be done, it totally helps! I know it was long, but wanted to cover all my bases!
P.S. I have the world's most supportive husband, who is constantly trying to help and does research for me, etc.... I don't think I would have gotten this far without him!