a little bit of history... I was on this board back at the end of 2006 trying to relactate after I had my daughter in Sept of 06. That did not work out well at all. After weeks of pumping, nursing, herbs, etc I wasn't able to get more than a few drops. I gave up. I felt guilty for many many months.
Fast forward.. I had another child Jan 17th and I have run into supply issues from day one. I don't know if it's something I did. Maybe not nursing her enough in the hospital, so my milk didn't fully come in? I have no idea. She is now 4 weeks old and I do have some milk, but not enough to satisfy her. If I pump every 2 hours I am able to get about an ounce between both breasts. If I give her a bottle I do not give her more than 2-3oz. I am trying to not overfeed her, because that will make this task a much more difficult one.
I decided to post here because I know the people who are trying to relactate are working their butts off and may have more advice on what works to increase supply.
I keep trying to make some type of log or schedule of things I need to do to keep my head straight. Currently I am waiting on Domperidone to arrive, I am hoping this helps.
I have considered pumping all day and nursing her at night so that I can get things done. I have 4 other children and the youngest being 17 months so it's hard to nurse her all day. I am concerned about her getting attached to the bottle and eventually wanting that over me. So far, so good, we haven't had that issue yet. She gets maybe 1-2 bottles a day right now and maybe 3-4oz of formula a day.
I nurse her all night, I feel like I am starving her when I do this. She doesn't scream or anything like that at night. She sucks happily and dozes in and out of sleep. Again, I am just worried she is hungry and Im denying her by having her nurse all night.
If anyone has any advice I am open to all suggestions/comments. I am beginning to get desperate. This is probably going to be my last baby (hubby says no more) and I want to be able to breastfeed atleast one of my children.
Thanks for reading,