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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. :)

Current Mood: stressedstressed

Hi, I was searching around and saw your plea for help. Know that I've been seriously working on relactating for about two weeks and after having no sign of ever having produced milk (after stopping breastfeeding and pumping 4-Nov), I'm now seeing drops of actual milk! I didn't even know it was possible to relactate! Don't give up. If you're changing your mind now, it's much, much better than later. I'm taking Blessed Thistle and Fenugreek capsules, drinking Mother's Milk tea and conditioning my breasts faithfully. Pump at least every two hours for fifteen minutes AND every time you can squeeze in a manual pumping session, that works too! I work and pump during my breaks (I have an Ameda dual pump). Like you, the break in breastfeeding has been one of the most emotionally painful decisions I had in my life. This baby is my last child and I didn't breastfeed the others. Unfortunately, it's my last opportunity to get it right!

Re: relactating

I've been taking Fenugreek and have been getting more milk out of each pumping! I went from getting .5oz out of pumping for THREE DAYS to getting .5oz yesterday alone! I was THRILLED! What do you mean by conditioning your breasts?

Re: relactating

For "conditioning" I keep Lansinoh breast ointment on my nipples and massage my breasts at every opportunity I get. I'm so sorry--I should have been more clear. Sounds like you're on definitely on your way to producing more and more milk. Of course, I'm way behind you, but I'm thrilled nonetheless with the little progress I'm making after not lactating at all for almost two months!