I just love LLL and have been reading these forums for months now, but finally I've reached a point of needing some help.
When my daughter was born, she had a bad case of jaundice and I struggled with feeding her but I wouldn't give up! I stayed in the hospital and fed her every 2 hours. The hospital fed her formula behind my back, and then my dr. labeled her with failure to thrive because she lost so much weight. By 3 weeks she wasn't back at her birth weight yet. We began to supplement, and I called a LC for help. She worked with me on the latch, and put me on power pumping sessions every time I fed the baby. Nothing worked. I took herbs (fenugreek) and drank tea, ate lactation cookies, and finally ended up with Domperidone. Domperidone was the only thing that somewhat helped, but I still couldn't produce more than 2 oz every 3 hours. I have been able to keep that going for so long but I was riddled with mastitis, which is shocking because my supply is just so low!
Finally here I am, with even lower supply after fighting mastitis. I am now probably producing only an ounce at a time out of both breasts. I did some reading and saw that mastitis can happen from being Anemic!! I was anemic when pregnant, and no doctor took the time to see if I still was. Also I have a blood genetic trait called Alpha thalassemia trait, which makes me perpetually anemic. My guess is that perhaps this could be the cause of my severe low milk supply? Anyone have any thoughts on that? I'm going to start to take iron supplements now to see if that helps, but my fear is it's too late. I really don't want to give up. I so wanted to nurse my baby