Re: New momma having major supply issues
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby and on making it this far despite what sounds like a very difficult start.
Don't worry about your breasts not responding like those of the women in the videos. Sometimes I think that nursing/pumping videos should come with a warning label that says "Your breasts probably don't look like the ones in this video." Basically, when it comes to how our breasts look and act, we're all our own special snowflake.
Questions for you-
- When you pump, how does it feel? Do you feel like your nipple is getting scraped along the side of the tube, or is it shooting in and out accompanied by a loss of suction? Is the pump drawing in some areola, or just nipple? Is it drawing in a huge amount of areola?
- Are you taking any medications, or hormonal contraception? If so, which ones?
- Any pre-existing medical conditions? PCOS? Thyroid problems?
- How was the birth? Did the placenta come away normally? How has the postpartum bleeding been?
Basically what I am thinking is that either you're not responding to the pump (maybe it doesn't fit, maybe you're just not that responsive to pumping) or there's something holding your production back (a hormonal condition, a drug, a birth control pill, a fragment of retained placenta). But a lot of your difficulty in producing may simply stem from being at work. Most newborn babies nurse about 10-12 times a day. That frequent and complete draining of the breast is what creates and maintains supply. If you're going 4-5 hours without pumping, that's giving your body the message to throttle back on production. This is not my way of saying that you shouldn't go to work! We do what we have to do. But it would explain the decline in production that you're seeing.
Just to be clear, the most milk you have ever gotten in an entire day is 3.8 oz? Not 3.8 oz per pumping session. Correct?
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