Ok, here's my story (sorry, it's gonna be long): I was induced at 37 weeks (due to high blood pressure) and my son was born last Th night (6/29). After the birth, I put him to my breast (and sort of got latching), but after the epidural wore off, my blood pressure stayed REALLY high. Instead of putting me on Mag Sulfate, my OB decided to knock me out with Phenergan/Stadol b/c I was upset, nauseous, and had terrible upper back pain. This worked, but of course he had to have formula b/c I was knocked out for 6 hours.
In the hospital, he had a hard time latching on with the LC (she also noticed that I had widely spaced breasts, and are uneven, and she said that I MIGHT have a problem with production), so she gave me a nipple shield- and a pump to make sure that I got stimulation. In hindsight, I did not focus on nursing nor pumping b/c of a) had to actually wrap things up at work b/c my induction was a surprise to me and b) lots of visitors. (Boy, would I like to do those first 48 hours again!!) When we left the hospital (on a Sat night at 11:30pm!!) I didn't go home with a pump. I talked about it with the LC, but for she didn't push it.
When I got home, I thought I was going to me Super Mom- I didn't read the LLL articles about not doing housework (plus we just moved and I was planning on using then next 3 weeks to unpack!) When I nursed, he wouldn't really latch on, and so then I'd try the shield and inject a little formula into the shield to start him off. I never saw the shield fill with my milk, though, so I ended up supplementing with a bottle b/c he was just still hungry after feedings.
So, with still no feeling of my milk coming in, (and lactation centers being closed for 2 days due to holiday) I called a friend on Monday, and she brought me her hospital grade rental pump. I also quit using the shield b/c I'd read somewhere that it wasn't a good idea. (I gotta stop reading). I started pumping on Monday evening, yet probably only did about 6 times. Every time I pumped, I got maybe a teaspoon out of the L and drops out of the right. I was encouraged by some latching on and sucking, but even after an hour total on both breasts, he was starving- so bottle again. I was convinced that I just wasn't producing enough milk.
Ok, so today, I went to the LC and lo and behold when I nursed him and did pre/post weighings- he didn't gain any weight. So, I got an SNS and am on double pumping duty. I've been chained to the couch all day.
The first time with the SNS went great- he latched and took 2 oz. total of the formula. Second time, not so great- he got sleepy, wouldn't take the breast, etc. he took about an oz via SNS and then I did give about .5 oz via bottle (I know, know-- BUT - he's also jaundiced AND hasn't stooled yesterday OR today- and I'm worried about that too! We have our pedi appt tomorrow morning- he is still very arousable. )
I also started fenugreek and bitter thistle today and put a call intot the MD to ask for Reglan.
So, here I am. Unfortunately, I am a "need to see results fast" kind of person. It's like I'm expecting to just magically fill up a bottle with the pump.
LLLers- I guess my question is- will I possibly just get my milk "in", or am I in this for the long haul? When will I know if I'm part of the elusive 5% that have insufficient milk syndrome (ie how long should I dedicate all of my time and energy to this- I'm VERY willing- I want to bf SOOOO badly.) This is such a good lesson for me for learning patience, but dang is it hard!
If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading. It's been at least a little therapeutic writing it, as now I see my mistakes!!!