Hi ladies. I've posted on here several times about various issues. I'm at a loss and I don't know what to do. My son will be one month old tomorrow and we are still having breastfeeding problems. I will start by saying that I have worked with the lactation consultants in my area already (as I know this will be a suggestion).
Just a bit of background. I was exclusively breastfeeding until 2 1/2 weeks. My son wasn't gaining his weight back and was always seeming hungry. I was nursing every 1 1/2 - 2 hours around the clock. In addition, in order to get up my supply up I was pumping after every feeding and then giving him what was left (which was not very much!) I started on herbs (fenugreek), drank plenty of water, etc. He was still starving. We supplemented (per our pediatrician suggestion due to not gaining weight) with formula. Whenever I supplemented, I made sure to pump (even at 3:00 in the morning!)
Well, I just can't make enough milk!! When I pump I barely get 1-2 ounces the most! (I know that pumping isn't a good indication of what the baby gets!) However, when we weigh him before and after, I see that he isn't getting more than 1-2 ounces. After about 5-10 minutes of vigorous sucking, he pulls off and gets annoyed b/c it's dry.
What else can I do to build supply?? I'm at a loss. I want to get back to exclusively breastfeeding, but it doesn't seem possible.
I feel like such a failure. I'm fit, eat really healthy, and am in perfect health. Why is this happening? Also, who do I talk to about this? Do I talk to my pediatrician or my midwife?