Hi all! New to this message board, but I am excited just reading all of your stories and questions!
Background: My son is 5 months old and bottle-fed (about half BM half formula). He is my first, and after some trouble with latching early on, our LC suggested a nipple shield, which eventually worked. Unfortunately, I could never really get him off of it (hot tempered baby who goes from 0-60 in 2 seconds!) Combined with a stent of using an estrogen patch for PPD, my milk has been absolutely TERRIBLE. At 2 1/2 months I went to exclusively pumping and bottle-feeding (he was exclusively at the breast before that time). I really miss the closeness and bonding, but he just was NOT getting enough (thanks to the shield). He is much more content after eating now.
My problem is, I just don't make much milk, still! I have tried all the herbs (Fenugreek, Lactation Blend, tea, and even some Chinese Herbs) and even acupuncture!
I read some of the suggestions on this board, which I will be trying: power pumping, for one. But, I have a few questions: what is nap nursing? Why is co-sleeping so beneficial for nursing? What other suggestions can you provide? I am not sure that I want to go back to nursing (I work full time and do so enjoy the schedule he has adopted) but I am open to it (and part of me really wants that closeness back). Most importantly, I just want to make enough milk that I can stop supplementing with formula and make sure he is 100% BM (by bottle or boob).
If I do decide to get him back to the breast, am I going to be home-bound for the next few months feeding him around the clock??
Suggestions, success stories, and any kind of help welcomed here!
Thanks in advance!