It's late and I'm emotionally and physically exhausted, so forgive me if I'm not terribly eloquent or put together.
My son is 11 weeks. Due to a number of speed bumps, we've had a rough go with nursing, to the point that I've had to take relactation steps twice already. (The first time was the week after delivery - I had an immediate pp hemorrhage, but didn't get an immediate transfusion, so had to go back in for a few days, during which time I was too weak to hold my head up, let alone nurse him. The second time was right before Christmas when he spent a week in the hospital for pertussis. He couldn't breathe and wouldn't latch, so it wreaked havoc on my supply.)
I'm in the process of relactation 101 take three. I've got a chronic pain condition, and had an IUD placed earlier in the week. Long story short, the insertion triggered a flare and as a result, my milk supply has receded drastically.
I don't know if it's because I hurt so much right now, or if it's because I'm exhausted, but I'm really worried that this time won't go as well as the last two. Bug was preterm at 36 weeks and has a few issues of his own, including what seems like it might be some chronic pain, as well. Nursing him is one of the only things that can provide him comfort sometimes. While I realized that half of that could be achieved just with comfort suckling at the breast, I know that the rest of it really needs to come with the milk itself.
I guess I just need to hear that I'm worrying without cause right now. It's been less than 24 hours since I resumed the galactagogue combo, and I'm able to hand express a drop or two from each breast whenever I try.
Thanks for listening, mamas.