Re: Help! Poor supply plus inefficient nurser: mom ready to give up
What an AMAZING job you are doing!!! Seriously, you are AWESOME for working as hard as you are to give your baby the best.
I'm also curious if your baby is generally taking closer to 3 oz at the breast than 1. If so, that should be enough to grow on without the need for supplements.
Are you and the baby's dad large people, small people, or somewhere in the middle? And what were you like as babies- were you big chubby babies, or small slender ones? A lot of infant growth is heredity- and small parents don't generally produce massive babies. If you and your partner are on the small side, .5 oz per day may be normal weight gain for your baby.
This doesn't sound like lactation failure to me- it sounds like lactation success! A lot of c-section moms notice that it takes longer for their milk to come in- 4, 5, 6 days instead of 2 or 3- and considering the wild birth experience you had, 4 days does not sound bad at all. I'm suspicious that the problem may be your pump, or your response to the pump. Pumping does not work for all moms- some can pump lots of milk with ease, others struggle.
It took the better part of 4 days for my milk to come in, and then it took weeks to be able to pump 1-2 ounces. By the time my son was ready to be introduced to the breast (about 34 weeks gestation) I was only pumping 10 ounces a day. Part of this I suspect was a mild case of primary lactation failure (my breasts did not change at all during my pregnancy).
Finally, I just want to reassure you that you will NOT be following your current regimen for a whole year. Your baby is going to get the hang of breastfeeding and he's going to get bigger and stronger and more alert, and breastfeeding is going to get easier. He's only 7 weeks old right now... That's still so young. Nursing didn't get easy for me until my daughter was around 16 weeks old, and we had an easier start that you and your baby have had. I know you are working as hard as it is possible to work, and you must be so exhausted. But hang in there! You and your baby can do it!
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