Re: S.O.S. ((on the verge of total meltdown))
1) how often should i pump? 2) for how long on each breast? 3) is there something i can do or a herbal supplement i can take that will boost production 4) HOW DO I BOOST PRODUCTION?
So here's my story, before I answer your questions.
Baby boy born via cesarean after 50 hours of labor. (Uh huh. I said 50.)
He had tongue tie. In the hospital after delivery, he latched for a minute, but fell asleep. I kept up with their stupid 2 hour schedule all during the hospital stay--and he latched and fell asleep often
Nurse/Doctor: He has tongue tie, he'll NEVER breastfeed.
Me: I'll show you!
So.. I go see a IBCLC (board certified lactation consultant). She tells me he still hasn't regained his birth weight--he's a LAZY NURSER. He would take 15 minutes at the breast and fall asleep, not clearing enough milk to even balance out the calories he was using to nurse in the first place. You have to pump and give him milk via bottle.
There begins my pumping journey.
I pumped EVERY 2 hours, on the dot. Or rather, I pumped every time he'd have a feeding (every 2 hours).
That is what is recommended if you're exclusively pumping. It's daunting to do this all damn day. Feed the baby by bottle and then have to pump. It sucks. But it's worth it.
Honestly.. there were days when I thought, "crap..I've only made enough milk per pumping to feed him the next time he needs to eat. I'm not making enough. I'm going to have to supplement w/ formula!"
15 to 20 minutes is advised. Which sucks even more if you don't have a double pump--and the good ones are expensive. You have the fortune of having a facility in which you work/study that may have a hospital grade pump--so while at school, you can slip away for 20 minutes and use it.
I noticed, though, that the more hydrated and well rested/not stressed out I'd kept myself during these pumping days..the more milk I'd end up pumping.
So, holistically.. drink LOTS and LOTs and LOTS of water. It's really not a myth. Because I started producing 4 oz at each pumping, and now, my LO is 4 weeks, nursing, and I pump 5-6 oz 3X a day.
Keep yourself healthy and less stressed; more water, more calories, more sleep. I know it's hard because It's hard for everybody, but this is just what you have to do.
You don't need a lactation consultant to tell you these things, BUT they are a very good support tool and would be able to guide you better than anyone else on this forum. There's only so many times you can post, frantically, "OMG WHAT DOES gREEN POOP MEAN!?" "OMG, IS MY BABY LOSING WEIGHT?!" "OMG FAILURE TO THRIVE!?" "OMG WHY DOES MY BABY TAKE 2 OUNCES FROM THE BOTTLe AFTER I BReAST FEED HIM!?"
I'll close with this; every single day.. have your LO latch. Whether he moves milk or not isn't the point. Just as long as he knows.. hey, the breast is still there, love.
That's how mine ended up coming back to breast.
Desmond Ringo Payton [5.31.12|8 lb 14 oz|22 in.|blonde|blue|beautiful|BACK TO BREAST 6.25.12]