Please Help! I have been pumping and breast feeding over one month and still am only getting about an ounce each time I pump between both breasts. My milk never "came in" - I never became engorged. Whether I pump 8 times a day or 5 times a day I only can produce 5-6 ounces total. My baby (which is my first) is almost one month old and has been supplemented using formula due to my low milk supply and jaundace since he was 5 days old. I have been to two different lactation consultants to get different opinions and need more support...
My baby latches on well and has the suction of a shop-vac - but my breasts just seem to top out at one ounce.... about 3/4 ounce in my right breast and 1/4 of an ounce in my left breast.. I have tried using the SNS so I at least feel like I am breast feeding... but the baby does not remove all the milk in my breasts and I still have to pump which is really hard sometimes as I am home by myself and it is hard to get two hands all day. Though I experience leaking when he cries or when I wait too long to pump or breast feed.
I have had my blood work tested to check out my testosterone, prolactin, HCG (for retained placenta fragments), and thyroid and EVERYTHING came back normal... I am sure I am suffering from post pardum depression because I feel as a failure as a mother that I cannot produce enough milk to feed my own child. No one else in my family has had supply issues... I am taking Fenugreek four pills four times a day and also tried the MothersMilk special blend and that actually reduced my milk supply. I ate oatmeal for breakfast for a few days but that didn't seem to do anything. I tried drinking a beer, that wasn't effective either and didn't help with my depression either.. It seems I may have insufficient glandular tissue in my breasts- but my breasts did grow during pregnancy a cup size and were tender during the first 3 months, which are counter indicative of that problem from the limited research I have been able to find.
Does anyone have any other ideas, plans I could try, or know anyone else who has suffered from this and was able to come back and have a successful breast feeding relationship? Does anyone know or have any idea if with a second child they were able to have a higher production of milk?? Or at least have any words of support as struggle with depression and providing any milk for my child... I don't want to give up! THANK YOU!!