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    Default supply battles, I am doing all I can but...this is getting scary

    My milk production has DRASTICALLY dropped in the past week, and before that was going down steadily. For various reasons (I was not at home and was in somewhat of a bind) I could not pump and try to up my supply. She nurses only if there is a lot of milk and she stops once the flow goes down.
    And my breasts are taking about 4 hours to make about 2 ounces of milk. I weigh her so I know how much she is getting.

    My 7.5 month old gets oatmeal once a day (I try to do 1/4 cup but usually she has just 1/4 of that) and try to give her more watery oatmeal... so she does not get totally dehydrated/

    How long can a baby get along on so less... her wight is 18 lds, so according tthe formula she needs anywhere from 36 oz of milk +!!! and I am giving her may be 10 oz a day if I am lucky. She acts hungry and when I give her my breast pulls back angry, and wont eat or drink from a bottle/sippy cup etc., she wants BM and in the original container.

    Should I ask for prescription drugs ? How long do they take to work ?
    In the meantime what do I do

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    Default Re: supply battles, I am doing all I can but...this is getting scary

    I responded to your other thread last night. I really think you should contact your docter.

    ETA: and at kellymom it says that most babies need/take anywhere from 25 to 32 ounces of breastmilk a day.

    ETA (2): just wanted to link your other thread to this one so that people get the background http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=64326
    Last edited by @llli*sch.mommy; December 15th, 2008 at 06:35 AM.
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    Default Re: supply battles, I am doing all I can but...this is getting scary

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sch.mommy View Post
    I responded to your other thread last night. I really think you should contact your docter.

    ETA: and at kellymom it says that most babies need/take anywhere from 25 to 32 ounces of breastmilk a day.

    with PP.

    Dehydration in an infant is nothing to trifle with. There's lots you can do to up your supply, but none of it is instantaneous and your baby can't afford to wait. She needs much more than what you have described her as getting in your post, and judging from your post last night, she may need medical attention.

    You'll be back on track soon enough, but it sounds like you need some help. I would go to my doc, a walk-in clinic or emergency at this point. Babies who get dehydrated can get very sick very fast.



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    Default Re: supply battles, I am doing all I can but...this is getting scary

    Milk production is supply and demand and so the more you nurse and pump the more milk you will make. Are you counting wet and poopy diapers? Does she seem happy and healthy? There are a lot of variables... how many times a day is she nursing? etc. A call to the pediatrician wouldn't hurt, but make sure you're not undermining your self by giving formula and further decreasing your supply. http://www.llli.org//FAQ/increase.html
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    s.p.-I was thinking of your Lo today and hope you followed up with the doctor right away. Do you have an update for us!

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    Default Re: supply battles, I am doing all I can but...this is getting scary

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*LLLRenee View Post
    Milk production is supply and demand and so the more you nurse and pump the more milk you will make. Are you counting wet and poopy diapers? Does she seem happy and healthy? There are a lot of variables... how many times a day is she nursing? etc. A call to the pediatrician wouldn't hurt, but make sure you're not undermining your self by giving formula and further decreasing your supply. http://www.llli.org//FAQ/increase.html
    I'm sorry, but isn't the most important thing getting the baby hydrated? It might be decreasing supply to give formula, but this sounds like a rather dire situation. If the baby will not take BM, isn't formula the next alternative, even if not the popular choice?

    Supply and nipple confusion are all things that can be worked on later, IMO.


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    Default Re: supply battles, I am doing all I can but...this is getting scary

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nolies.mama View Post
    I'm sorry, but isn't the most important thing getting the baby hydrated? It might be decreasing supply to give formula, but this sounds like a rather dire situation. If the baby will not take BM, isn't formula the next alternative, even if not the popular choice?

    Supply and nipple confusion are all things that can be worked on later, IMO.


    To OP, how is she doing now? Have you seen/heard from the doctor?


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nolies.mama View Post
    I'm sorry, but isn't the most important thing getting the baby hydrated? It might be decreasing supply to give formula, but this sounds like a rather dire situation. If the baby will not take BM, isn't formula the next alternative, even if not the popular choice?
    Absolutely. I'm guessing Renee missed the link to the other post.

    s.p, have you tried a supplemental nursing system? It might be a way to get some extra expressed milk or formula into your baby while she's nursing at the breast.

    It definitely sounds like your baby's doctor needs to be involved at this point. Please let us know how it's going.
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    Default Re: supply battles, I am doing all I can but...this is getting scary

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*LLLKaren View Post
    Absolutely. I'm guessing Renee missed the link to the other post.

    s.p, have you tried a supplemental nursing system? It might be a way to get some extra expressed milk or formula into your baby while she's nursing at the breast.

    It definitely sounds like your baby's doctor needs to be involved at this point. Please let us know how it's going.
    SNS system does not work. It did not work even She keeps pulling the wire, cant stand to have anything different near the breast.

    She is doing ok, has learned to get some water (I was told 4-6 oz) through nuby sippy cup. I have been prescribed reglan am going to take it and will update
    Last edited by @llli*s.p; December 23rd, 2008 at 07:50 PM. Reason: answering questions asked

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    Default Re: supply battles, I am doing all I can but...this is getting scary

    She nurses only if there is a lot of milk and she stops once the flow goes down.
    And my breasts are taking about 4 hours to make about 2 ounces of milk. I weigh her so I know how much she is getting.
    I hope things are better. I agree with pp, you must get more milk or formula into your LO. At this point, feeding the baby becomes more important than worrying about your supply.

    If you are going 4 hours between nursing sessions, this is just signaling your breasts to make less milk. If your suppy is dropping, you need to feed more frequently, not less. If baby will not nurse, use breast compressions especially while you are waiting for your milk to let-down will help. At 7.5 months, babies are distractable. Feeding in a quiet dark room, lying down, with baby wrapped, can help encourage her to nurse.

    Another way you can get fluids into your LO is by spoon. Offer her milk or formula frequently, at her age, it is definately more important than solids.
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