I'm currently having MAJOR issues with my milk supply. It has gotten to the point where when I pump, I have mere dribbles. My DS will is 7w. Since the get go, Ive had issues with BF and his latch. The LC at the hospital was completely useless, pretty much wanted to "sell" me her private classes rather then show me what to do. Since DS was born SGA (6.8 lbs at birth) his peds. wanted to supplement with formula. As a non-informed FTM, I agreed and was pretty much scared into giving DS formula. It did take 8 days for my supply to come in also. The first two weeks were great! But slowly since then, my supply has diminished. SinceI have now returned to work for 2 weeks, its drasticialy dropped, I'm assuming since I can't BF as much. I would LOVE to increase or re-lactate, but am afraid of taking any medicine (pres. or herbal) because of nasty side effects he can have.
When I do BF sometimes he's very indifferent. I know his latch is in-proper because my nipple hurt, and I do not feel it 'drawing' from my armpits. I also have a creased nipple when I pop it out. At times, it can take him 10+ minutes to get on... we latch, he sucks 10 seconds, spits it out and fusses. Once he is on, he sucks for maybe 5 minutes, and either begins to fuss and tug on my breast, or falls asleep. When I do try to latch him, he seems to never open his mouth wide enough. He also has a tendency to flip in his bottom lip.
So far this week (since Monday) I've pumped every 2 hours, BF when I'm at home prior to giving formula, drank Mothers Milk tea, used hot compresses, drank ALOT of water, and still.. nothing, it's actually went DOWN! I would LOVE to continue to BF my DS, but I feel like I've tried everything, and nothing seems to be working! Any help is gladly appreciated! Pleas Please Please! and Thank you!
Wife to Michael David II 10/17/2009
Mommy to Michael David III 8/6/2010