Re: Looking for Advice re:milk supply - 2 previous failed attempts at BF
Breast size doesn't matter. You are wonderful for wanting to try again...
I'm going to tell you my story to give you hope and support...
I had a very hard time with breastfeeding for the first 2 months. The first week was terrible. My son wouldn't latch on. He was jaundiced, losing weight and sleeping all the time. Although they strongly advise against this, I ended up giving him a bottle of pumped milk after 1 1/2 weeks because he had to eat and all other methods (cup, dropper, etc...) weren't working for us. I really didn't have any other choice. He drank the milk quickly and sucked down every other bottle after that. I was lucky in that I didn't have a supply problem so I was able to pump and give my milk in a bottle.
While giving ExBM in bottles, we worked before and during the feedings on our latch. It was a lot of work. I had to spend @ 70% of my time on feeding and latching. It was especially hard at night. But I was extremely determined. I did not want to give any formula so I stuck with it.
By 8 weeks, he was latching on pretty well. I had an OS/OALD problem at this point, but we worked through that as well.
By 3 months he was BFing like a pro, my OS and OALD were under control for the most part and I felt great!
We are at 8 months now with BFing - exactly 8 months today to be exact!
You really can do it. Really, really, really. LLL gives great support and advice. I had no one here in the UAE to help me - no consultants, groups, midwives...nobody. (My friends tried to help but none of them had latching problems like me.) The women here are a large part of the reason I continued BFing despite my problems.
If you want it, it will happen. (Kind of like, 'If you build it, they will come." )
Andrea - mama to Laith 02.20.07 and Sommer 01.21.11
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