Angel - posted on 10/24/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )
Sorry if this is long but I want to give a little background info. Please share your tips and advice!
My first son only nursed for 3 weeks during the day. then for 3 months he only nursed at night. and one night he just refused. I wasn't educated, didn't have a good pump or any support and gave up on myself. After a month of not nursing I regretted it and went to Milk Works, rented a pump and tried to relactate but my bub wouldn't latch on.
I wanted to try harder this time around. I lost a baby and then had a partial placenta abruption with my third pregnancy and was put on bed rest. My may 19th baby was born 5 weeks early and was in the NICU for two weeks.
I pumped every 2-3 hours because he couldn't latch! I had a freezer full. at 2 months I realized he was tongue tied and after it was clipped he caught on to nursing, within a week elminating all supplemental bottles. so i stopped pumping. I needed sleep! i started school (7 hours away from him 3 days a week) I thought with what I had frozen if I pumped in the morning, once at school and after his first feeding at home I would be okay and easily be able to keep up. But I can't
While I'm away he usuallly drinks 12 oz and I can only pump 7-9. I started taking fenugreek pills and pumping on my days off to try to stock up but i'm unable to get ahead. I currently have NO bags in the fridge and am not sure how i'm going to be able to come up with 12 oz by Tomorrow when I have class. I am afraid I am going to have to buy formula and I know that once I start that cycle it will be hard to end. Oh and what's worse, he doesn't even seam to want to nurse at home. he gets so frustrated and constantly pulls away. It takes him an hour sometimes to get full.
Should I just give up and use formula? Or do half and half? He's almost 5 months old and has only had formula the first three days in the hospital. I think I've done good and i don't want to give up but I don't know if it's worth the frustration. How do I get my supply back up?!
Sorry so long!