Re: Help! Getting SO burnt out!
Welcome! Congratulations on your persistence- so many moms would have given up but you're hanging in there!
With the estrogen patch and the non-latching baby, I think you probably needed more help than the herbs could provide. Are you still using the estrogen patch? If so, perhaps it's time to look into a new method of treating the PPD- there are medications which are compatible with breastfeeding and which do not cause milk supply issues.
I don't mean to offend, because it's clear that breastfeeding straight from the tap has been a real struggle for you, but the easiest way to boost your supply is to get your baby to nurse without the shield. So I really encourage you to keep trying- one of these days he may just "get it".
What sort of pump do you have? Power pumping is great, but sometimes the quality of your pump matters a lot more.
The reasons why co-sleeping is so beneficial are a) many babies who fight the breast during the day will nurse without a struggle at night when they are relaxed and sleepy, b) nursing at night can train them to accept the breast more easily during the day and c) many moms notice that they have the most milk at night, so the baby may get a significant amount of nutrition during the night.
Why is co-sleeping so beneficial for nursing?
- Go back to the LC, or see a different LC. They all have slightly different tricks.
What other suggestions can you provide?
- Pump as much as possible, using the best quality pump you can find. I personally suggest using a hospital-grade pump if you don't have one already. When I had supply issues, I pumped every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night, and I saw good results pretty quickly.
- Drugs. PPD is no joke, and I would therefore be reluctant to try Reglan, which is an anti-nausea drugs that can boost your milk-supply as a side-effect. Reglan has the unfortunate additional side-effect of causing depression in some women. It is the only prescription milk-increasing drugs legally available in the US. If you are in Canada or the EU, however, you should be able to use Domperidone, which is a lot like Reglan except that it does not cross the blood-brain barrier and is not associated with an increased risk of depression.
No, not necessarily! Many moms combine breast- and bottle-feeding. If you can successfully get your baby to go back and forth between breast and bottle, you can pump while you're at work. Now, getting your baby back on the breast full-time may be the easiest way to achieve a 100% milk supply, but you can probably achieve your goal through pumping as well.
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??
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