I am a 1st time mother to a premature baby who is now 1 month old, her original term date was tomorrow (xmas day). Within the 1st couple of days she was with me in the hospital with me and I was nursing normally until they put her in neonatal room where I had to pump to give her my breast milk. Then I left the hospital and between the back and forth I got out of rhythm and have been struggling with low milk supply since. I never was able to pump more than 30ml(1oz) and now i am at 5-10 ml per pumping. the midwife instructed me to put her at my breast as much as possible which I do each time she eats but she is un-motivated, she fusses and sucks her hands while I try and breast feed, between pumping, supplementing and breastfeeding I am exhausted and I am tempted to take the easy way and formula all the way. I have been drinking minimum of 2 litres of fennel tea and eating as i did pretty much throughout the pregnancy. I find it hard to be diligent about anything since I feel I have very little time to get anything done. The most discouraging is that when she is feeding on the breast I can tell I am producing better, the other nipple leeks the breast get firmer, but many times and more recently she barely stays at the breast, which has been so far the bets for my production. I have tried everything except homeopathy and medication. the medela symphony I have seems to work less effectively than hand pressing. Is there something wrong? It seems like so many things are working against giving this baby breast milk. Now she is showing signs of constipation prob from the formula. I am lost...
warm holidays wishes.