Hello Ladies…I looked in the forum to see who had a similar situation to me, but I don’t see it, therefore here is my story….
To start I want to let you all know that as I am a total nerd, I took the Mommy 101 and the weekly Lamaze classes that I thought necessary to ensure I was really prepared (like if that’s possible!), but I did not take the Breastfeeding 101, because I thought it would be useless before versus post partum. I was so wrong.
Two days before my due date my doctor sent me to an Ultrasound to see how big was the baby, as I had been 2cm dilated for 3 weeks and the baby was not budging.
I went in and the nurse informed me that they believed he was 9 ½ lbs and to let my doctor know 1st thing in the morning. In the morning I called, and I was scheduled a C-section for the same day due to the doctor being afraid that if he was delivered naturally he would either get stuck and the baby would come out crooked and in the long run have shoulder issues. As this was the case we went ahead with the c-section.
Baby Nikolas was born 8.8lbs and 19 inches.
I gave birth in December to my baby boy Nikolas, from the start I had latching issues. He didn’t want to latch on. The nurses started having him latch and dribble formula on my areola so that he would taste it and start sucking. As you can imagine I was stressed and felt unwanted by my son. This is my 1st child so you can imagine.
The lacation consultant came in the next day, and that was just like nothing. She was rough, not nurturing and read me off some things off a book. I wasn’t even paying attention. She told me about the football hold and the cradle hold, and this kid was just not having it. By the 2nd night, we were back on BF and dribbling formula. It was hard because he was hungry and he would cry until finally I would BF for a little bit and then end up giving him the 2oz of Formula. At the same time, I started having migrane headaches. I was under Tylenol with Codine and Percocet. Nothing would take it away, only when I would sleep and close my eyes.
Once home, we continued this as I self-diagnosed that I had mastitis. My breasts were hard and nothing still…It wasn’t until 4 days later that my milk came in. I was out of the hospital and the migraines continued. At this point, I couldn’t pump or even be with my baby, I was just breast feeding what he wanted and supplementing with formula…the pain was just unbearable. After 4 days, I went back to the hospital and they told me that due to the epidural a blood block needed to be performed because where they punctured me it was leaking liquid causing an imbalance in the brain causing the migranes. The procedure took 15 minutes and the migranes were gone instantly. Mind you this week the baby was on minimal BF and supplementing on Formula.
I was suggested to lay down with him when breastfeeding…This changed everything he would latch on perfectly. Never felt any pain, etc. But my baby would stay with hunger so we supplemented with formula. This was approved by our Pediatrician. When I did start to pump it was within a month of giving birth and I would only pump out 2oz from both breasts. A lot in the mornings, diminishes throughout the day, and barely at night.
My baby on Saturday will be 4 months. He sleeps through the night and BF and is being supplemented with 6-7 oz of formula. I on the other hand I went back to work and I pump about 2-3 a day while there and don’t pump more than 1.5-2oz from both breasts in the 1st sitting, barely make it to 1oz in the 2nd, and I’m almost down to ½ oz by the 3rd. I’m pumping every 3 hours and drink about 8 glasses of water a day if not more.
I just recently started to take Fenugreek 2-3 pills a day and the Mother’s Milk tea 1x a day. There is no increase. I feel helpless , depressed, etc.
I’m the only one in my family that has had a c-section, and the only one that is not producing enough milk. My mom and sister nursed for about 1-1 ½ years with each of their children (6 in total). Both were over-producers of milk and I feel I’m a huge disappointment.
What do I do? Am I too late?
I would love to be able to satisfy my son only on breast milk, but he is a big boy and hungry and I just can’t supply that much.