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    Default BF problems since birth now exclusivley pumping problems

    I started out with my first baby with a scary delivery and ended up with an emergency c section. After delievery my LO would not latch. I ended up staying an extra two days in the hospital so the LC could help us with latching and feeding. After 5 days my milk still was not in. After going home, my LO breast fed for about 3 days ok with cup feeding as supplement. I then became very ill with an infection and had family taking care of the both of us. I continued to try to feed, but when I was the worst, she refused to latch. My mother ended up bottle feeding her and she refused to bf after that. So I started to exclusively pump, but I was still ill and it was difficult to keep food and liquids down so I was dehydrated and way behind the ball. I have slowly recovered and my milk supply has always been low, the most I could pump was 1 oz each side. I have increased my water intake, starting taking feugreek in the past week and now my milk supply is becoming even more low. I have power pumped, tried to pump every two hours, but it does not matter. I am considering renting a hospital pump to see if that helps and going to get blessed thisle today and start that. I have also increased the Fenugreek to 3 tabs 3 times a day. Any other suggestions? I have an Ameda electric pump. I dont think I have every recalled feeling that my breast are "full. I dont want to give up, but I am getting frustrated. Please help

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    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: BF problems since birth now exclusivley pumping problems

    Welcome and congratulations on the new baby! I'm so sorry you've had such a rough start with her. But it's awesome that you've continued to give breastfeeding a go.

    Now, the best thing you can do longterm to help get breastfeeding back on track is to get your baby back to the breast. And while there are no guarantees, it may be possible to get her to latch on and nurse again. This link covers all the ways I know of to get a baby back to the breast: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html Don't underestimate the value of skin-to-skin contact! Many babies who are hard-core breast refusers will surprise their moms by nursing when they are relaxed! I also strongly recommend going to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. Sometimes hands-on help makes all the difference.

    Increasing milk supply is something you can do at any time. And you're going about it the right way- however you will get better results with better equipment, so I would definitely rent the hospital-grade pump. I used a Medela Lactina when I needed to increase supply, and it was a hundred times better than the Ameda Purely-Yours I started out with. Here are some more useful links:

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