Thank you all for the tremendous amount of encouragement. Things seem to be getting better already. Last night she nursed w/out supplementing the first two times she woke up (she slept for 2 1/2 hrs in between the feedings). Yesterday she was crying nearly all day long...then I realized why she had been crying...gas. You'd think I would have known that since I already have a dd...who happened to have a lot of gas problems. My dd was formula fed, so maybe that's why I wasn't expecting it now since I'm bf'ing. We had some lovely people make meals for us...it just so happened that one of the meals gave the whole family gas...so I'd assume that's where it came from.
My right breast seems to be regaining that full feeling, but the left is still struggling. Although she did nurse longer than she ever has on the left these past few feedings. She actually choked once while feeding on my right last night. So the flow must be good. She was swallowing a lot more than usual. It seems she just goes to town on the fore milk, but starts to drift off and is really difficult for me to keep her alert to get to the hind milk.
We started supplementing at 3 days because she had lost 11% of her birth weight, was only having 2-3 wet diapers, was constantly crying/not sleeping and was not able to latch well because I was so engorged already. My milk came in rather quickly. Her weight gain has been excellent since we started supplemementing. She gained back six ounces the first two days of supplementing. She has gained another pound since then (seven ounces more than her birth weight)! I was so excited to see that.
I had seen a LC in person at the first dr appt. where she had lost 11%. She had me pump for about 5 minutes then try to latch her on. She did latch on, but just suckled. The LC said it was probably because she had just gotten all worked up (she was previously sreaming at the top of her lungs during the dr. appt...until she fell asleep from exhaustion). So she really didn't get to see how effective she was at transferring milk, but did get to see that she has a good latch.
I will definitely take the advice and get a hold of a local La Leche leader. Hopefully she will be able to help some as well. I will have someone to help with my 3yr old dd next week. Dh's parents are flying in Sun afternoon. So hopefully they can give her some extra attention. Take her to the park and things that I can't quite do until some of these bf'ing issues get worked out.
I've been pumping in between nursing, but not every time. I suppose if I do it every time it would help increase my supply that much quicker. I haven't tried taking fenugreek by it self, but I did buy Mother's Milk tea. I'm going to start taking it regularly. I had to go buy sugar...packed it for the move already! I so can't do tea w/out sugar.
You said you supplemented when she acted hungry after feeding. How did things turn around for you? Or for anyone who has supplemented?
Any recommendations you might have would be great. A La Leche leader no doubt will give great help, but it's also great to hear from others as well.
Thank you all for the encouragement to stick it out. I know I have a habit of expecting immediate results and w/bf'ing that's just not realistic.
Hanging in here,