Re: Late start.. Only getting dropplets!
Welcome! I'm sorry you're having a rough time with your newborn. But don't despair- it's not too late to get things back on track. You can go from drops to a full supply. You can even go from nothing to a full supply! Here's what I suggest:
1. See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. She can help you tailor your routine for maximum effectiveness and may be able to help you get your baby back to the breast.
2. Make sure you have the best pump (I recommend a hospital-grade pump) with properly-sized shields. There is a huge difference in effectiveness between pumps, and you need the top of the line.
3. Use your pump religiously. I suggest starting off by pumping every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night, for at least 10-15 minutes per side.
4. Herbs. Fenugreek, blessed thistle, and ordinary oatmeal are all good for increasing supply.
5. Drugs. Reglan and Domperidone are anti-nausea drugs that can increase milk production as a side effect. Both have additional side effects and are not right for all moms, so discuss their use with your midwife or doctor before taking either one.
6. 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 In particular, the skin-to-skin and instant reward techniques are useful.
7. If you can get your baby to go back to the breast, throw the feeding schedule out. Throw the idea of it out. Breastfeeding works best when baby is allowed unrestricted demand, even if that means nursing every 20-30 minutes for a while. The more often your baby is allowed to demand milk from the breast, the better your supply will be and the faster it will come back.
8. Have realistic expectations. Don't expect to get back to where you want to be overnight. It took 7 weeks for you to get where you are, so I would expect it to take at least that long to get back.
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