I had my sweet son on October 29th after he was born I never experienced any engorgement. The day I got home from the hospital we noticed in his diaper what looked like blood but we thought that it was from his umbilical cord. He was also sleepy all the time. The next day he had more "blood" in his diaper. This whole time I was breastfeeding exclusively. Then we went to the Doctor for his out of hospital check up and found that he had lost 400 grams since coming out of the hospital. The Dr then had me bring in a urine sample and there was no blood in it. It was just super concentrated urine.
At that point we were told to start supplementing him which we did. Since then I have continued to bf him as much as possible. We use a bottle to supplement which led to some serious sore nipples and his latch is still not great but now he is draining me dry very quickly and I have a lot less pain.
I also have Rayneault's Syndrome in my nipples which means that my niples turn white after every feeding. I have learned that I can get them back to normal by using a hair dyer on them which has helped alot too.
I have tried to increase my milk supply by using Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, pumping all which helped a little but i still did not make enough to feed him. I would nurse and nurse and nurse him. I could not pump very much at all and with the sore nipples pumping was sometimes out of the question.
I am at six weeks postpartum now and I still had lochia which had never really changed kinda slow and steady after the first few days out of hospital. Two days ago I had what was a piece of placenta come out. It was not large but sizable enough for me to say what the heck is that.
My question is has anyone else had this happen to them and what can I expect now?
Will I experience a "normal" milk flow now automatically like would be usual at the end of pregnancy?
Will I have to continue supplementing?