hello all... I've read some of the posts and it seems like you gals are a very supportive group)
I've started to try to relactate after 8 weeks. I'm still a little unsure about it just bc I don;t know if it is possible to get my milk to come in and I know I will feel like such a failure if it doesn't. So.. any advice would be helpful.
Here's my story... my baby boy was 6 weeks + a few days premature and I was totally devoted to breastfeeding and attachment parenting him. Well, attachement parenting was easy bc that's a natural instinct to me but the breastfeeding was very difficult. My milk didn't come in so I spent 2 1/2 weeks pumping like crazy next to my little guys incubator in the NICU and throughout the night at home. Additionally, I was having a difficult recovery from a C- Section but continued to pump while baby boy was tube fed in the incubator. I started the DOM medication about 10 days into the pumping and saw a slight increase but it never was enough to feed my baby. I was able to work with a LC and latch my baby for a few days but it was clear that I didn't have even close to enough milk to feed my baby. I became frustrated and depressed bc I couldn't get enough milk supply to feed my baby so I gave up figuring if I had to supplement with bottle then why not jusy go all bottle. Now I really want to relactate and try again. But I am really worried that since my milk never did come in fully if it is worth my while to start again.
I have started latching my baby again and he is latching great! It is like he never left the breast. The LC always said he was a great latcher and that was half the battle. I also started the DOM again just today. I would like to know if it is a realistic goal to feed my baby by breast?? What do you guys think?
The other consideration I have to always have at the forefront is that he is premie and the # 1 goal is weight gain. So if I latch him every feed for too long, he gets tired and won't take all of his bottle. He struggled with weight gain initially when I took him home from the hospital and he is finally gaining weight at a steady pace but has required a high calorie formula for premie/low birth weight babies to do so. Suggestions??