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    Unhappy Help Please!!

    I have a 2 week old beautiful baby girl that has only been breastfeed. I have been suffering from the "baby blues" very bad. Yesterday I decied I wanted to quit breastfeeding. I went 12 hours without nursing I could not deal with the pain or the guilt. I have pumped on and off all day and have nursed my baby but still have not felt the let down of my milk or my breast feeling full. Have I done something that I can not change?? I don't want to give my baby formula. Does anyone know what I can do to get my milk back?? HELP PLEASE!!

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    Default Re: Help Please!!

    I am no expert at this, but I am actually trying to relactate. I hadnt breastfed or pumped in 5 weeks and I am trying to get my supply back. Try pumping A LOT, at least 8 times a day. Fenugreek tablets 3, 3X's a day. I heard eating oatmeal at least once a day helps. There is a mother's milk tea you can get at a health food store. These things help bring up supply. There is also prescription drugs you can get from a doctor. (Try the natural way first). Anyway, I am only getting drops myself after two full weeks of this, but I stopped for a lot longer then you did. Well, technically you didnt stop. Hopefully this will help you and check out the posts on incresing milk supply. Good luck to you!

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    Default Re: Help Please!!

    hotmomma, I'm so glad you have searched out for support! Baby blues is no fun and lots of women here have been there (I didn't have the baby blues, but I did have depression a few years ago before my son was born, so I can definitely relate). We're here to help you!

    The key to getting your milk back is to nurse as often as possible. Get her back on as soon as possible and as often as possible (every hour if necessary). Your milk shouldn't dry up after just 12 hours, so I wouldn't stress to much about it, just relax and everything should work out. When you pumped did you get milk? (It is normal for women to stop feeling let down after a few weeks, so it could just be that's happening in your case) Is there an LLL leader in your area you could call for info and support?

    But keep track of your daughter's wet diapers... if she has less than 5 wet diapers per day you may need to supplement her until your bm supply is back up. If that's the case, let us know and we can help you further.

    Meanwhile, make sure to take care of yourself. Go for a walk, go for a swim, read a good book, take a bath, anything that helps you feel better.

    How was bf feeding going before you stopped? Was it painful? If so, you need to make sure your daughter has a proper latch or you'll run into the same problems. The LLL leader can help you with this (as proper latch is best learned in person), but you can also check out these links for info:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/bas...resources.html

    Was your daughter fussy during feeding? This might help:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...e-nursing.html

    You should also investiage to see if you have post-partum depression - more than just the baby blues. This quiz is a good place to start:
    http://www.kellymom.com/ppd/ppd-quiz.php

    Here's info on treating PPD without medications (also helful for the baby blues):
    http://www.kellymom.com/ppd/ppd.html

    And here's info on what PPD medications are safe when you're breastfeeding:
    http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/...hale10-02.html
    (the end of the article lists the best medications)

    Here is more food info on baby blues and PPD from LLL:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBdepression.html

    Finally, I found this article helpful when I was getting a bit sick of all the nursing demands my baby was putting on me:
    Are mothers supposed to love breastfeeding 24 hours a day?

    And the mantra that gets me through the difficult days is "this too shall pass".

    I hope all this info hasn't overhwelmed you... Please let us know how you're doing. It's great that you're still committed to breastfeeding your daughter after your short break. Keep up the great work!
    Last edited by Sara; July 23rd, 2006 at 09:05 PM.

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