Re: So confused about weight gain. Dr vs. IBCLC
You are in need of a cheerleader!? you are a brave and determined struggling mother! I am cheering for you.
You are nursing 9 or more times a day! that is fabulous. You have nursed your precious child even though your nipples are traumatized! How much more could a mother put her infant's needs ahead of her own?
You know deep in your heart that breastfeeding is supposed to be pleasurable for you and your baby.
you know there is a pathway to that goal but so much extraneous debris is blocking your path.
Of course you are feeding your infant a supplement! You are a good mother intune to the needs of your baby and if she is not getting what she needs from nursing she must be fed.
Good mothers are in tune to what their baby's need.
I have seen mothers increase their supply and heal their nipples and use their own expressed milk to feed the baby by learning how to
hand expressing prevent any contact with the nipple b/c the breast is milked, the nipples are not touched. milk can be collected in any clean container and fed to the baby in a bottle.
when you are ready to put the baby to the breast, you might want to try feeding her an ounce or so of the expressed milk/supplement first and then tempt her to latch.
rather than have her frustrated/exhausted from an unsatisfying attempt to nurse and then give a bottle...switch the process around. Supplement first and then nurse.
If you breasts have been primed from all the good healing hand expressing your daughter will be rewarded for her efforts with a plentiful milk supply.
aim for 10-12 times a day for hand expressing.
DD#1 July 1986 VB
DD#2 April 1988 c/sec
DS#3 April 1990 VBAC
DS#4 June 1993 VB
DD#5 April 2001 c/sec
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