first my son was born 5-2-06 he is now 7 weeks old. I have been trying to relactate since he was a little over 5 weeks, but really started getting active since Sunday (everyday he would latch some but now i am trying before every feeding etc) he does comfort nurse a lot now. nothing very aggressive sense he usually falls asleep while doing so.
I had breast augmentation surgery on July 11th of 2005
got pregnant Early August due to an opps with FAM and a steroid shot for capsular contraction
I had him May 2nd less then 10 months post surgery
I knew i may have BF issues due to the surgery and still healing.
well I nursed for 1 week. then off and on for a week. the pain was horrible. I know nursing can hurt but it was just unbearable. I think some of it may have to do with me not even being a year out and completely healed due to my surgery. I had the peri-areola incision, so whenever he would suck the scar tissue was in his mouth and so painful. I know for a fact I did have milk. I had a fine supply to full fill him so I am hopeing to be able to at least feed him a few times a day.
Everyone who helped said he was latched perfectly and it shouldn't be hurting too bad. I met with the LC and a LLL leader, they said he nursed beautifully but I gave up too soon due to some stress at home.
well the 8th I got pink eye and pumped to see if i could get some BM to help with that. I got half an oz. mostly from my right breast.
I started that Sunday latching him. he latched for an hour on the right not really getting anything but he was comfort nursing while falling in and out of sleep
then the rest of the week i tried, he would latch a few minutes a day at least. but i wasn't too pushy about it because i was hopeing to slowly toughen my nipples...(now i wish i was aggressive from the beginning)
friday i bought some fenugreek . 3 pills 3 times a day.
he barely latched from friday to sunday and i think it may be due to me getting my first PPAF, or maybe the fenugreek taste? but i am now taking 3 pills 4 times a day (they are only 350 mg a piece)
my pump has to be on the highest setting to even get drops.( I am using the medela PIS) I continue to pump BUT am not sure if it will just cause more damage then good?? since I am not getting anything out on the highest setting? should i just use a lower setting as to give stimulation?
since the pump isn't getting anything I try hand expression and can get a few squirts, then massage and get a few more then I get only drops then nothing.
anyway. I wanted to ask for some advice, or maybe just some support as i don't want to give up this time.(I tried to relactate with my first but gave up soon after because he had reflux and cried constantly i didn't want to aggrivate him more then i was)
He will only latch with the nipple shield, I do keep trying to get him to latch without it to just get some more stimulation but as it is he will not take it...I really wish I would of thought to use one in the beginning of my problems because I may have stuck it out longer. but i didn't think of it.
i haven't noticed a big change yet at all in supply.
when should I notice a change? I would think i could tell easily if i get milk or not because of the implants?? but not positive..he has been on enfamil AR because of reflux (nothing bad like my first) so he has hard ball poops. yesterday i noticed it was softer and i *think* I MAY have seen seedy poop...(I was at the park and didn't want to star too long lmao)
then today another softer poop. not really seedy but softer then it has been so maybe just maybe he is getting something!
any random advice to help me? I really really wish and pray that i can do this this time.
i do have a capsular contracion (hardening of scar tissue )in my right breast as well.... i may need surgery to fix it but will wait if i am able to nurse him. I just want to be able to nurse him as much as possible. even if it's only once in the morning or at night. i figure starting out not expecting too much might help me not get discouraged.
I don't want to give up too early but don't know how long i should wait to get some milk in... i do have Some but not much ... typically how long does it usually take for someone to notice a diffence? how long should i continue the fenugreek for? I orded some blessed thistle as well and am waiting for that to come in.
he nursed 9 times total today anywhere from 5 minutes to 20...and pumped 4 times.
this is so long. thanks to anyone who has time to read and give me some advice/support.
thank you ! I am sure i missed some things I wanted to say!