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November 2008
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Heidi [userpic]

Hi ladies!

I'm hoping someone can help me out. I'm sure you've all heard this story, but here we go! My daughter weighed in at 6lbs 11oz when she was born. I planned on exclusively breastfeeding as it was VERY important to me - STILL IS! :) However, like most new moms my milk took its time coming in and my daughter dropped down to 6lbs 2oz when she was 4 days old. I had a home visit from a nurse from my hospital and she was concerned about her weight so she talked to my pediatrician who wanted me to supplement with formula to get her weight back up since my milk wasn't it yet. SIGH. Well, you can just imagine how that went. I was made to feel like the WORST MOTHER EVER! It was like I was starving my child or something. I felt terrible! Just terrible. Well, my daughter got SO used to the bottle that refused my breasts. She would scream and claw at them and not surprisingly, I was THISCLOSE to giving up. I decided on Jan 3rd that I was going to go strictly to formula...and you know what? I couldn't do it. I felt SO guilty and cried and cried. I REFUSE to give up!!

My daughter latches on to my left side very nicely, but only for a little bit. There's no way we get in a good feeding. Plus she tends to fall asleep after 5-10 minutes. I'm using a nipple shield on my right breast to help her latch on. I have terribly flat nipples. :( I tried to pump tonight to see if I even had any milk left - and I do! It was only a few drops, but I was BEYOND excited and am determined to do everything in my power to breastfeed my daughter. I don't think I'll be able to do it exclusively, but I'm determined to try my hardest!

To be honest, breastfeeding didn't come very naturally or easy to me. I was SO SO SO determined to do it and once I started and my nipples got rubbed raw and I got mastitis I was SO ready to quit. But the decision hurt so much. I honestly don't think I have ever been in such emotional pain. I'm hoping somebody can give me some pointers!

I'll be going back to work on Monday full time. I will be working from 7:30-4pm. I get an hour lunch, but my company is WAY cool on pumping moms. What type of schedule should I make for myself? How often should I pump? I plan on nursing my daughter when I'm home, providing there's milk for her get!

Thank you SO much for any help you can give me! This is very important to me! Thank you!

P.S. I have a Medela PIS pump, for those who are wondering. :)

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Comments

Hi sweetie. I writing from experience. It is entirely possible to provide for yuor daughters needs fully 100%. The fact that you are willing, have a pump are two huge steps in the right direction. My suggestion to you is to continue and try and get her to breast. This can be accomplished by skin time her skin against your own. When she refuses to take it try and not take it as a rejection and pump. Pump to your hearts content. I ended up getting my milk completely back and supported a preemie on my milk after relactating. I did this by pumping for two weeks around the clock every 2-3 hours for at least 15 minutes. Within 4 weeks I was making 60oz of breast milk a day. After I had a more established supply it was easier to convince my daughter there was something in there and she might want to check it out. We tried the whole SNS and nipple sheild thing and had no luck. That is why I just tried to establish my milk fully and never had any problems after that and builds up quite a stash. I hadn't nursed her in three weeks from the time this process started. The first time I pumped I made maybe a drop. Just try and trust your body. It will do what it is meant to do.

HUGS and good luck and I am on email if you want to chat.
sentimentbutcrazy.shannon@gmail.com

Thanks for your support! It's nice to read a success story and know that this CAN be done! :)