7 weeks ago I had a baby boy, Myles, who is just divine.
After 12 hours of labor, I had a c-section, which was fine until I got an internal infection with a fever of a 105. During that time, I wasn't able to feed him (nearly two days), so he was given formula as I worked through the infection. Shortly thereafter my milk came in, and he was having difficulty latching on. A breast shield was recommended, which I used, and which seemed to help the situation. Milk was clearly coming into the shield, and he was nursing for nearly an hour each time (this was right after I left the hospital.) So, I was surprised to find out that he was losing weight given the fact that he was nursing for so long and seemed satiated. After two doctors visits, and a visit to the lactation consultant (who told me to ditch the breast shield, which I was able to do) and who figured that he was getting maybe an ounce per feeding from me in total, the pediatrician said that I needed to start supplementing with formula.
This just broke my heart. I figured that breastfeeding is a natural process, that it's what mothers do - and I was shocked that I had to supplement, and beyond depressed. In the meantime, the LC suggested that I pump after each feeding (at least 4x) per day, and BF him for 10-15 min per side before I give him the bottle. I started to do this, however the most I ever got while pumping was 50ML, no matter how much I pumped.
So, I tried teas and special potatoes from China. I read all three of my books about breastfeeding. Felt like I was tied to the pump. And still - 7 weeks later there is no change. At each feeding, he takes 3.5 - 4 ounces of formula, which means that he's probably getting next to nil from me. I don't want to give up - I love the bonding that we share when I'm feeding him. But, is there something that I haven't considered? Any suggestions? I haven't been the best about drinking enough water - could that effect things? My doctor seems to think that it could have stemmed from my infection, however she's not certain. Please help (I plan to call a local LLL representative this week to get their advice also.)
I guess here's my ultimate question: if it's all about stimulation, and that's what increases milk production, then when he was feeding for an hour at a time, 6-8 times a day, wouldn't that be enough stimulation to get things rolling?