This may be helpful
This may be helpful
On your birth story thread someone (I think mommal) made a good suggestion about checking for retained placenta if still having supply problems. I think anemia also affects supply (thinking of blood loss).
Pumping (and checking for retained placenta) will get your supply back up. in a few weeks you will be looking back at this and wondering why you were so worried. Just remember to pump everytime you supplement. Power pumping can really help a lot. Are you getting enough skin to skin time with Colby? I have found it really hard with an older one around. It is sometimes difficult to do the intense bonding when you are so worried about their health. So hug both your babies, pump like crazy and go see your mw. Then come back on here and tell us you now have OS
proud but exhausted working mammy to two high needs babies
- my surprise baby: the one and only D-Man born 3 weeks late (5/5/08) at 9 lbs 14 oz and 21.5 inches, and
- the shock H-Girl born about a week late (10/7/09) at 8lbs 15oz and 20.75 inches.
If I am here I am covered in baby (probably two) and fighting for control of the keyboard.
Family beds are awesome
Wondering if you have PPD? Take the screening and see your doctor. You deserve to feel better.
Oh Lisa, I just opened up this thread.
So sorry you are going thru this! But, I know if anyone can get thru this, you can!!!!!!!
I just wanted to pop in and say that if you are going to supplement (which I completely understand) it might be best to have dh run out and get a 'hypoallergenic' formula that has the milk proteins broken down. Primarily because of allergy issues, studies have shown that early intro of formula can trigger allergies and he is even more at risk because he is early. But also because hopefully if the cow milk protein is more broken down, it won't be as constipating and more easily digested.
Well last night I gave him 2 OZ of formula and he was SO hungry. He didn't have any weird reactions to it. I kept getting him up every 2 hours to nurse, but not seeing much improvement yet. He goes to breast and latches on great and falls asleep immediately. I am only getting the milk into him by breast compression right now.
This morning I was able to pump a few oz. so that will get me through a bit as I continue to work him on the breast. We shall see! I didn't think this would all be happening as he latched on so great and sucked for hours his first day of birth.
I had retained membrane after the birth but I don't think that is the case anymore. My bleeding is almost gone already. My milk just isn't coming in super strong from lack of nursing, the pump seems to be helping though.
Will keep you all posted, thank you for the ideas and encouragement!
Hang in there!
DS1 was jaundiced and VERY sleepy. I remember being really aggressive about tickling him behind the ear to keep him awake during nursing sessions. It almost felt "mean" but totally necessary.
Thoughts on anemia? Since you had a lot of bleeding then maybe you're a little anemic? Can DH get you iron supplements and / or high iron foods to eat?
I am on 2 iron pills per day already.
Hang in there, Lisa! I am thinking of you today and sending lots of gushing, milky your way!
Fancy Momma to the Divine Miss M, 2/15/07 BF'ed for 17 months!
Currently TTC Baby #2
Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies - Damn it, you've got to be kind. - Kurt Vonnegut
Lisa - sounds like you've got everything under control!
I hope you're not offended by my suggestions - I was just brainstorming ideas to help and retained placenta and anemia will both affect milk supply. Both are also super easy to check for and fix. But it sounds like you've got both of those taken care of.
Lol sorry for the short reply, it is hard to type on my iPhone. Today has been rough. I kept saying Colby stinks. Then I noticed his umbilical area all red and streaky. So now we are dealing with that infection. He is beyond lethargic right now again. Thankfully I have a bit of pumped BM now if he is too tired to nurse. Sigh. I am exhausted both physically and mentally now.