I had trouble breastfeeding my 1st baby. I had pre-eclampsia and had to be induced at 37 weeks. I had 48 hours of labor which ended in an emergency C-Section. I feel in my heart that if I didn't have to get induced, my baby would have been late, maybe 40 or 41 weeks until he made his appearance naturally.
Anyway, I really tried to breastfeed. I had help from the RNs and lactation consultants at the UWMC in Seattle, and even a visiting nurse/LC came to my home once I was out. I just didn't make any milk. I had no engorgement, no pain, no drying up, nothing.. my milk NEVER came in!
I tried to bf my son for days and he maybe got some colostrum, but that was it. We then supplemented and used formula and a nipple shield. But he still lost a lot of weight and became jaundiced. I even tried pumping manually every 2 hours for days.. still no milk, I went out and bought a very expensive, high-tech electric pump, it didn't help me either. Finally after weeks of this, and still no milk, and a sickly infant, my pediatrician said I needed to stop trying to breastfeed and start bottle feeding ASAP.
I was extremely disappointed that I couldn't breastfeed and that my milk never came in. Maybe this was because I was on blood pressure meds (atenolol)? Maybe this was because my baby was NOT ready to come out and he was forced out medically... Maybe it was because I had a C-section? I don't know, I have no breast issues and all my relatives have been able to breast feed just fine. I have no medical problems or diseases, I'm very healthy!
Now, I'm pregnant again with baby #2. My son is 16 months old and I am due on December 7, 2007. My OB says if I stay on medication, I may not get pre-eclampsia and if this pregnancy stays low-risk, he supports me trying for a VBAC. I want to be as natural with this pregnancy and birth as possible. I want to attempt to breastfeed this baby but I am nervous I won't make milk again and will be disappointed and emotionally distraught over not being able to breastfeed again.
What are the chances that, given my history, I will be able to make milk and successfully breastfeed baby #2 this December? Is there anything I can do now to encourage milk production? Are there certain tests or medical issues I should ask my OB about? Do you know of any women with a similar story who was able to successfully bf during subsequent pregnancies?