I have only just joined today as I am becoming rather obsessed about relactating.
A bit of background: my second daughter is 12 weeks old. I never exclusively BF for several reasons (horrendous time first time round, with non-existent supply, and a baby who had lost 13% of her birthweight by day 5, and stress and anxiety over her weight), so we mixed fed pretty much from the start.
However, it turned out that I was producing more milk this time than with my first (I actually felt engorgement, which I never did with my first), so I tried to gradually reduce the amount of formula. However, DD then got thrush and I got it too, and she was really difficult, crying all the time, no settling, not sleeping etc. It turns out that she had quite bad reflux (for which she is on medication now). At this point, it was easier for my sanity to stop breastfeeding as I just could not do it anymore (I was either breastfeeding, bottle feeding or expressing, while also looking after my 3-year old), and I was knackered.
6 weeks later and things are much better and I want to relactate. I started on Monday this week. I had a few drops coming out when I squeezed my nipple, so I started expressing every 2-3 hours, with at least 1 session in the night. I tried putting DD to the breast but she refuses so far (it's almost as if the texture has become alien to her and she doesn't like it).
Over the past 36 hours, I have managed to express 30 ml. It is not a lot, but still better than nothing.
I am taking Fenugreek (2 capsules 3 times a day) and I asked my GP for Domperidone this morning but she refuses saying it was not licensed for this use. So I bought Motilium over the counter and planning on taking 10mg 3 times a day.
I never really had a great supply, I am not one of those lucky mothers who produces litres of BM per day. I also have PCOS, and I think this is impacting my supply.
So, my questions are:
- does 30ml over 36 hours sound like progress and am I likely to see this increase?
- does the dose of Motilium I am taking ok, or shall I take more?
- what else can I do to help boost my supply if my DD won't go to the breast, and how can I convince her to eventually get back to the breast? I have ordered nipple shields, would they be a good thing to try?
At the moment, I am feeding her her bottles in the breastfeeding position against my bare chest, so that she associates being fed with the boobies.
Anything else I should think about/try?
Thanks a lot for reading and for any comment!