This is my first post. I don't know what to do. I have a 5 week old, and have had low milk supply from the start. I've been through it all, "negative" lactation consultations, herbs, oils, more milk plus, mothers milk tea, brewers yeast, pumping. I was put on Reglan about 1.5 weeks ago.
First of all I want to say, it's been in my heart to breastfeed exclusive for 9 months, I've wanted to do this from the start, and I have been working at this constantly for 5 weeks now. My daughter loves to be at the breast, she prefers that over anything. However she is never satisfied, constantly rooting. I can't tell sometimes if it's for food or to use me as a pacifier for a few minutes before a nap/sleep. The lactation appointments were hard to judge one week I was told to supplement 4 ounces, the next week 8 ounces. However that particular appointment was horrible and I was sweating and very uncomfortable, and I knew she was not eating well. The lactation consultant had the nerve to tell me "well there is always your next baby." Is that true? Should I give up?
I will say Reglan has helped some. I feel letdown sensations now. My breasts do feel more full after 3 hours. Especially anytime between 3-4 hours if I am out of the house, and on my way back from doing my errands. Somedays she'll want to eat for practically 2-3 hours straight. Someone told me that is pointless because after 20 minutes my breasts are drained anyways.
Is it pointless to nurse beyond 20 minutes? Even if I hear some swallowing? Sometimes my daughter will get fussy at the breast after 20 minutes, does that mean there is no more milk? When I pump between her feedings I get less than 1 ounce - so what does that say about my supply? I do want to add, she had a very strong suck, her tongue is okay, good latch. So I don't have any problems there.
Currently I supplement 4 ounces of formula a day, and about 2-3 ounces of pumped breastmilk. I want so badly to get her off of formula, but if I didn't supplement, she would root all day.
Sorry, that I wrote such a long post. Hopefully this does make somewhat sense. I'm so frustrated right now. Why is it Mothers that really really want to breatfeed their babies seem to have LOW SUPPLY? Then their are Mom's that have to much milk?