I never knew breastfeeding would be so difficult! It seems like I’ve been having problems with let down. I don’t think its supply though I’ve been taking Fenugreek, alfalfa and eating oatmeal just in case. The only time my little one (6 weeks old) eats well is in the early morning, other than that she eats for 8 minutes with good let down, and after that its difficult for her to get some milk. When I’m lucky I can feed her for 10-12 minutes but I know that’s not enough because she’s still extremely hungry. I have her on my breast often and I sleep with her so that there is skin to skin contact.
After having everyone urging me to give her some formula I finally got tired of arguing and gave her some formula last night. She ate 4 1/2 ounces! This is after I tried feeding her for an hour!! I pumped my milk while she was drinking. (This is another problem b/c I can only pump 1 ounce from my two breasts a session, but that’s another story).
I would rather not feed her formula but in the meantime I don’t want her to starve. I’m giving her my milk and if she’s still hungry and my milk is not letting down I will give her formula once a day, though as soon as the situation improves I intend to stop the formula.
It really seems like nothing helps! I keep reading that having her suck on the breast simulates more milk production but if this was true than I would have a lot more milk!
Also, she used to dirty enough diapers but a couple 2 days ago she started pooping only once during the day and at night she lets it ALL out.
The lactation consultants at my hospital are incompetent. I had scabs on my nipples the first week after labor and they said that was normal, and so was the excruciating pain I felt. I knew I was doing something wrong and finally learned how to latch my baby correctly. This was no thanks to them though.
I don’t know who to turn to for help or what to do.