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    I am 29 years old. I got pregnant with twins on our 4th IVF try. I delivered our twin girls via emergency c-section due to preclampsia. My twin girls were 34 weeks and 5 days at the time of delivery. They spent a week in the NICU learning how to stay awake to eat, they learned by using a bottle. My milk came in the 4th day after delivery. I had started pumping the day after they were born. I started out getting 3-6 milliliters per breast and it built up to 15-20 milliliters per breast. At one point I got 20-30 mls per breast the 2nd day we were home. Since then, my milk supply has gone down and down and down. I am pumping every 3 hours during the day and every 4-5 hours at night in effort to get some sleep in order to try to build up my supply, however I am only getting 2-3 mls per breast. I am very upset by this, I started taking Fenugreek 2 days ago and have not noticed a difference. Before that I was take More Milk Plus by Motherlove drops. My girls have to use a nipple shield, I have tried without it, but their mouths are not big enough. I have had a total of 3 sessions with a lactation consultant and have tried a SNS system. Breastfeeding has become very frustrating for my babies, because they are not getting any milk with their sucking, and very frustrating and upsetting for me, because my body is not cooperating. I am using a Symphony double breast pump and pump 15-20 minutes at a time. Is there any hope fore me?

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    My son is 1 month old now and I had issues at first breastfeeding him, even though his sister and brother did great when I was BF'ing them. The lactation people at the hospital were telling me to BF him then pump afterwards. Well I only have a single pump and my son is in a growth spurt right now, so I cant keep up doing that. What has worked wonders for me though is trying to ONLY BF and while he is latched on I will use my hand compressing putting more in his mouth, telling my breasts "it is time to start making more milk". The first month is going to be tricky anyway when BF'ing, no matter if this is your first, second, third, fourth, etc. The first month you are on babies time solely. He can wake up every 10 minutes being ready to eat, it's exhausting but you can do it. I have been told your breasts can replenish themselves within 10 minutes of being emptied.

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    May 2006

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    There's always hope, Mama. Here are some links which may be useful:

    When you used the SNS, how did it go? It can take a while to master those things- they're tricky! I found that painter's tape was helpful in keeping the tube positioned near the nipple as I tried to latch my baby on.

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