I thought I would finally post since I've been lurking for a week or so and finding a lot of inspiration from you ladies.
My daughter was born at the end of December, and I was determined to breastfeed her. I had had trouble with my other two and have never had a successful breastfeeding relationship with any of my children.
At her one week checkup, she was still about the same weight she was when we left the hospital (which was down about 10 percent), and my nipples were shredded. But I figured that was normal, she was ok, so I continued on. But at our 2 week weight check, when she had lost another 3 ounces in a week, I started losing my confidence. When I came home and got nothing out with my breast pump, I decided I was starving her and started giving her formula. She's been on formula bottles since then.
Once she was about a month old and my nipples had healed, and my postpartum stress levels had evened out some, I started wishing I could try again with breastfeeding -- I realized then what I couldn't see in the stress of the moment at two weeks old that there were a lot of intermediate things I could have done in between going from 100 percent bf to 100 percent ff! But I didn't even know relactation was possible until I decided to look on kellymom about it a few weeks ago. So glad I did!
I've been pumping (with a PIS Advanced) and taking fenugreek and blessed thistle for a bit less than two weeks, and my supply has increased from a few drops a day to about half an ounce per day per breast. So, definitely encouraging, but I obviously have a long way to go! The great news is that my daughter is still very interested in nursing. I ordered a Lact-Aid, got it late last week, and am working on learning that. I'm using it for most of the day feedings now, but am still pumping during the night feedings because at least for now until I get less fumbly with the Lact-Aid and feedings don't take so long! I know that I really need to use it 24 hours a day, but I'm so tired with three kids under 4, I'm having trouble getting there mentally.
I do think the reason that she was losing weight initially was a shallow latch, and I'm not sure that's corrected itself, so I put in a call to the LC's at the hospital where I delivered her -- hopefully they will get back to me today and let me know what LC support is available to me with a 3 month old. There is not an active LLL group close to where I live.
Anyway, I'm just looking for support and encouragement, and enjoy reading about others' journeys along this path.