My daughter, Allison, was born on 2/7/07. I had a pretty healthy pregnancy and was induced at 38 weeks because I tested positive for GBS. When she was born, she was a little blue and took a little longer than my last two to warm up, but I didn't think anything about it. At her 2 month check up and after a pediatric cardiology appointment, she was diagnosed with Tetrology of Fallot, a heart defect. This was on April 9th. She had open heart surgery on April 11th. She coded on April 13th (a Friday, I am not superstitious, but I have come to really not like that date). We found out on April 14th that during the operation, her lymph vessel was damaged and her body could not absorb the triglycerides from my breastmilk. She nursed on April 9th, but due to not knowing when they would do surgery, she was not allowed to nurse after she was admitted into our Children's Hospital. They provided me a hospital grade pump while we were there, and I had a couple of tubs full of breastmilk when we came home on the 21st.
Due to the damaged lymph vessel she was put on a special formula and we were told that she would be on it for at least 8 weeks. I had dealt with ppd after my second pregnancy and felt it coming back on even before all of this happened. When I heard that I would be pumping for at least 8 weeks, I fell apart. I talked myself out of pumping, partly because my insurance wouldn't pay for the pump, and after 2 weeks in the hospital, major surgury and major medications, I felt like we couldn't do the rental costs also. My husband was behind me whatever decision that I made, but I chose to quit pumping - a decision that I totally regret.
So, I guess what my question is, is now that we have almost reached that 8 week mark, and the cardiologist has given the okay to get off of the formula next week, what do I need to do to get my milk supply up? The last time that I felt my milk let down was about 3 weeks ago. I have been given the okay for taking the Fenugreek (sp??) with her heart medication that she is on. I have tried a few times to see if she would latch on, and she does for a few sucks, but nothing more than that.
Do you have any advice? I feel like the decision to not breastfeed had been taken away from me and it kills me. My boys breastfeed for almost a year, but while I was pregnant, my husband and I joked about Allie never quitting, because she will be my last. This probably sounds stupid, but I long to breastfeed again.
Any help that you have would be greatly appreciated!!