Last drops of breastmilk?
My son is 3 weeks old (born on March 27) and it seems like I have ran out of breast milk. I had an emergency c-section. My son was NICU for ingesting meconium and jaundice. Three days post-delivery, my breasts were engorged with milk. Yet, I found it very difficult to pump and my son couldn't latch on. Once we were released from the hospital, I manage to pump up to three times a day. I knew this was clearly not enough pumping sessions but I was in too much pain from the c-section and engorged breast. At best, I was able to pump 30-40ml per breast but he still didn't latch.
One week later, I contacted Lactation Specialist for home consultation. She suggested renting hospital grade breast pump, showed various breast feeding position and gave me nipple shield to help my son latch on since he been drinking and formula in a bottle. All of her suggestions worked, but I was having difficulty my appetite, energy level, and physical limitations of c-sections coupled with taking pain pills (OxyContin and Ibuprofen). Some days I simply didn't pump. I tried to breast feed but my son seem not patient enough for breastmilk and wanted the fast flowing formula. As we entered the third week of being home, I notice my milk supply dropped drastically. I no longer felt the heaviness of being engorged. I pumped less than 20ml per breast and after 5min of breast feeding my son seem to lose interest or stop sucking.
The irony was as I started to physically feel better and my breatsmilk supply is nearly non existent. I have resume taking my prenatal pills, no longer need the prescribe medicine, and gotten more rest then my earlier days. I have even started taking Feudgreek herbal supplement and Mother Milk Tea.
I'm at my wits end and feel like a failure. Now I'm afraid my baby will lose the nutritional benefits of breast milk because I thought I had the luxury of time and perhaps gave up to quickly. Please help, I would appreciate any advice you may have to turn this around.