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    Default Anyone have a success story to share?

    I am in need of a pick me up while looking for ways to get my lazy "sucker" to be more aggressive. My supply is starting to pick up (after A LOT of work), but I can't keep it up if he doesn't learn to work for it. He is already 10 weeks for goodness sakes! Anyway, anyone care to share? I could really use it today!

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    Default Re: Anyone have a success story to share?

    awe your baby is very young yet!
    Many mothers would say they had a very tough time at that point.
    HEs going to grow and get the hang of nursing!

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    Default Re: Anyone have a success story to share?

    The problem is he hasn't grown until we found out that he hadn't gained any weight for 6 weeks and we started supplementing with the SNS cause my supply was NOTHING. Luckily I did find a good LC so I have a "system/process" to get my supply up, but he isn't learning to suck more than a few times and then he just lays there, even with the SNS on and the "reward" of a faster flow of milk. I guess I just need to see someone else's light at the end of the tunnel so that I know there will be one for me.

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    Default Re: Anyone have a success story to share?

    There is totally a light at the end of the tunnel. I had a horrible time when my daughter was a newborn. She had a bad latch, I had flattish nipples, and by the time she was 2 weeks old I had huge, gaping cracks and low milk supply (due to poor milk transfer) and I needed to supplement with formula because my child wasn't gaining weight. At 2 weeks old she was 1 oz over her birth weight.

    I supplemented with formula. I pumped like a maniac- every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night. I used a SNS. I took massive amounts of fenugreek and blessed thistle and even Reglan. I weighed my baby before and after feeding so I could figure out how much milk she was transferring during the course of a nursing session. For a long time she was taking in between 0.5 and 1.5 oz at a time at the breast, which is not nearly enough. I was exhausted. I cried all the time, convinced I was a failure as a mother and a woman.

    By the time my daughter was 3 months old, my supply was adequate. My daughter was eating 2-2.5 oz at the breast, and was gaining weight nicely. I ditched the scale, the SNS, the herbs, the Reglan, and the pump. I still had the cracks, but I was determined to live with them until my child turned 1, at which time I swore up and down I would wean her.

    At 4.5 months, the cracks healed. Nursing wasn't trouble-free- I still got milk blisters and plugged ducts from time to time- but it didn't make me scream in pain any more. At 1 year, I realized that I did not want to wean my child. Not only was nursing pain-free, but it was actually pleasant. My daughter will be 3 in March 2009, and she's still nursing.

    Hang in there, Mama! Things will get better. One day you will look back and you will be amazed at how far you've come.
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