My daughter is 4 months old. I am in the process of trying to restart breastfeeding after 2 months off. I am very hopeful that I can get my milk supply going again, but am a little discouraged that my daughter is not interested in latching on. First, I will tell you my story:
After a 27 1/2 hour labor which ended in Csection and gaining 40 pounds of fluid in the hospital, I was nervous about breastfeeding. Thankfully I had wonderful LC's and my daughter was successfully breastfed for two months. Initially, I used a sheild as I was so swollen she could not latch without it. Eventually, once the fluid came off, she was nursing without it. She occasionally was taking pumped breastmilk in the bottle. I felt very blessed to have a little girl who would breastfeed well and take a bottle as she was going to be attending daycare three days a week once I went back to work.
At 1 month old, she became a very fussy, colicky baby. I tried eliminating many things from my diet, including milk. At 2 months old, she developed blood in her stool. I was told it was d/t a milk/protien allergy and her pediatrician reccomended I pump and freeze my milk and eliminate all dairy from my diet. It was also reccomended that I started her on Nutramigen formula for a week while I was eliminating the dairy from my diet. I was told this would give her tummy a rest and confirm the diagnosis. I thought I was eliminating obvious dairy. A week later when I was going to reintroduce breastmilk, I was touchign base with the pediatrician and she told me ALL dairy and ALL soy, including ingredients. This was a very daunting task, and I felt very overwhelmed.
After two days on this formula, she was a totally different baby, she was not fussy, she slept through the night, she was HAPPY! This was one of the reasons I stopped nursing. My 2month old daughter was SOOO happy.I was told we could reintroduce breast milk when she was 6 months OR eat a completely dairy/soy free diet. I was overwhelmed with the diet change and going back to work. I decided to pump and freeze the milk. I did this for a period of time and eventually my supply dwindled. I was convinced I couldn't keep my supply up until she was 6 months old (another 4 months) so I eventually quit.
My daughter is now 4 months old. I have been bottle feeding her formula since she was 2 months. I stopped pumping when she was 2 1/2 to 3 months old. The pediatrician suggested I try her on a dairy based formula again (or the frozen breastmilk). For 5 days now, she has been doing well. There hasn't been an obvious increase in fussiness, and she seems to be doing well. This has ignited a desire to restart breastfeeding. I stopped pumping completely about 1 - 2 months ago. Had I known she could come off of formula at 4 months (not 6months), I would have tried so much harder!!
ANyways. I am in need of all of the advice and support I can get. I am producing only drops of breastmilk. I am pumping as often as I can, though it's hard to do every 2 hours at work. I manage about every 4 hours while at work. My OB said she could give me a prescription for Reglan. The only thing I find discouraging is that she latched on right away (which is awesome) but didn't get any milk and got angry and pulled off. This happened once and now she won't latch on even for comfort when she's full or tired. SHe just looks at me and smiles as if to say, what do you want me to do? Or, she cries. I did get her to latch for comfort whith the sheild on (though I know this isn't reccomended) I tried it because I thought she would think of it more like a pacifier d/t the plastic feel. She just isn't to excited to do this- but I can't blame her since she is only getting drops of breastmilk.
Thanks for reading my story and I'd appreciate any advice you are willing to throw my way!