My daughter had a lot of issues when she was born. We didn't know for some time that she had a reflux problem. That is pretty much squared away as she is five months now. I went from only producing 4-6 ounces total a day, to 3 ounces at a time from each breast. Then I had mirena put in. Everything seemed okay at first, but when I started to bleed into 3 weeks, my supply dropped massively. I was barely getting an ounce and a half from each breast each time I pumped. The bleeding stopped and I was still pumping and attempting to get my daughter to latch--she seems to really dislike breast feeding so I've mostly dealt with feeding her it through a bottle. I've tried nipple shields and supplementing... I'm still trying. This is my first experience breastfeeding and it has been horrible and difficult.
Anyway, the second time I started bleeding for three weeks again, my supply became almost nonexistent. I was told that this wouldn't affect my supply. I even researched it back in January right before I had my daughter. There was nothing on their site about it. Now there is something that in some cases a decreased supply was observed. My doctor didn't even know about this because she claimed there were absolutely no cases according to the information that the drug company had sent her from their tests.
So I have had extremely sore nipples, cracking, bleeding, lots of pumping, and for pretty much nothing. I am in discussion with my doctor to see about getting this removed but I am also looking into a lawyer. I don't think it's fair that they kept this information from people.
I am really confused as to what I should do. I haven't pumped in the last two weeks, but there are still very few drops that come out. Once in a while my nipple area gets wet when I bottle feed my daughter but not soaked. Just a couple specs here and there. Should I wait until I have the mirena removed before I begin relactation or should I start now. I should note I take 16-20 fenugreek a day without any maple syrup smell. I don't know if I built up a resistance while taking it so much when my supply was crashing. They also did not have blessed thistle available in any stores in my area until last month. I did purchase a bottle of that, alphalpha, steel cut oats, etc.
I am very upset and stressed. It feels like my baby hates my breast so getting her to latch is not working. Also, the lactation consultant here acts like I should know what I am doing. She just pushes my baby at me, gets her to latch for a few seconds, she cries like crazy, won't relatch, so she makes me bottle feed her a bit, and try again. Same scenario. She makes me feel very stupid and as if I am not trying enough. I can't even feed my baby in the middle of the night because she sleeps through it. She does not like it if I wake her up at night to feed her, even if I hold off some feedings--she will just cry bloody murder until I lay her back down. I saved whatever I was pumping in the freezer and supplemented with formula so I have maybe 3-4 weeks in there worth.
I have been working with skin to skin, but my daughter really dislikes it. She prefers to be clothed. She doesn't even like it if I try to put a blanket over us. She freaks out.
Does anyone have any advice. I've been reading the websites, but I feel so very alone and exhausted. Even my fiancé is upset about this and has tried to help getting our daughter to latch to no avail. The bleeding has stopped now so I don't know if that was affecting my supply. I still take my prenatal, dha, and extra iron due to a blood disorder (my platelets aren't very sticky so bleeding times run longer).
I am just very confused and in need of some advice. Do you think I should go to another hospital to find another lactation consultant? I really don't want to return to the one here and feel more miserable about myself. She also runs the local breast feeding support group so there is no way I am attending that either. I am just so frustrated, I have literally banged my head against the wall and cried. Now I am trying to sit down with a book and calm my nerves a bit. Does anyone know of some good one-on-one experts in Massachusetts--particularly the north central part?