I am a new mom and my little girl is 16 days old. I really want to breastfeed however we are running into many roadblocks. We are really struggling and it is wearing me out.
She was born at 7.5 and left the hospital at 6.10. In the hospital, her latch was immediately good. The nurses seemed ok with how everything was going. A lactation consultant came in and we began discussing more....we realized my milk never really came in. I had a C-Section and after speaking with my mom, her milk was always in a lower supply as well. They started me on the syringe and tube feeding - while pumping after. (I am now using fengugreek as a supplement and drinking mother's milk and my supply is very good). After most feedings, I pump close to 1 oz on one breast and 1/2 oz on the other. Sidenote: my left breast always seems fuller and I pump more...why?
My husband and I did the syringe, however, it was extremely exhausting and hard to get the tube in the right place. We went in to have her weighed right after we left the hospital and she was down to 6.8 (10 1/2 % of birth weight). I was immediately concerned. One lactation consultant said she was undernourished and I about lost it.
After that, we started feeding 30 min at the breast, pumping 20 minutes and bottle feeding 1 oz with mostly breastmilk and some supplement. I thought surely she would gain weight with all of that...
We went in a week later and she only gained an ounce. You can't imagine my disappointment.
The lactation consultant watched a feeding and believes that my girl is not transferring any milk from me. She will suck but is not really swallowing. She definitely swallows with the bottle. Now they have me breastfeeding for 30 min, pumping for 20 and bottle feeding 1 1/2 oz - mostly breastmilk. This is a lot and it is definitely draining.
I need suggestions for the following issues:
- transferring milk from my breast to her (swallowing). I have read that it could be due to engrogement, or a slow let down.
- keeping her awake at the breast
I have tried pumping for a minute or so before she comes to the breast to help with let down. This seems to help a bit but she gets sleepy soon after and stops sucking. I try everything to keep her awake. Cold washcloth, pumping her arm, talking to her, etc.