Nursing Troubles with my 12 day old son.

Ashley - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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He was born 07/03 and after my milk came in I had a wonderful supply.
But he wouldn't latch on so I pumped constantly.
When DF's mom came to visit for a few days my supply went WAY down.
I don't know if it was stress or that I rarely pumped but even then I still had a decent amount (4oz every 3-5 hours)
I've tried Mothers Milk and it helped a little.
Instead of only getting 1/4 of an oz (about 3 days ago) I can get 2 full oz all together.

Now, my question is;
Is there anything else I can do to help my supply come back up again?
I would just put baby to breast all day but he has thrush right now and I know it can be painful if he passes to me and I know it's painful for him. I'm going to put him on the breast all day as soon as his thrush is gone but is there anything I can do to help? I'm trying to pump every 1-2 hours, drinking the mothers milk, trying to drink a lot of water and juice.

I don't want to resort to full-time formula feeding.
I regret FF'ing my first and don't want to do it again.

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Chelseaszidik - posted on 07/15/2009

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Try taking Shatavari. 1 capsule 4 times a day. It's an herb just like fenugreek. It works wonders after just 3 or so days. Also I would highly recommend putting him to breast now and putting gingian violet on your nipples and in his mouth twice a day to get ride of the thrush and to keep it from spreading (do this for 4 days tops). It works so much better than what the doctor gives you and is all natural. The only side effect is a sore mouth for baby in some cases but not extreme. Good luck and the sooner you put him to breast the better!!

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Cara - posted on 07/17/2009

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Fenugreek from your local health food store.

Dont stress, that drops your milk supply big time!!!!

Try "Genshen Violet" for the thrush. Its bright purple, just smear a little in his mouth and on your nipple too, the trush should be gone within 2 days. I had to havee my pharmacy order it for me, but it worked way better than the nystatin.

Barbara - posted on 07/17/2009

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keep up all your efforts! i exclusively pump and my daughter will be 7 months next week. it is very difficult, but as long as you pump for at least 20 minutes every time your son eats your supply will be fine. and try not to stress out about it, otherwise it will make it worse. it has highs and lows, just remember when you have a surpluss to freeze the milk. i now pump three times a day (40 minutes a session) and get about 30 ounces - just remember any amount of breastmilk is good for him even if you have to feed him in bottle form. good luck and congratulations!

Meg - posted on 07/17/2009

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Can you get someone from La Leche League to come and help you get him latched on? In the long run, letting baby nurse on demand is by far the easiest way to keep your supply up. Much, much easier than pumping. It is hard to get the hang of it at first, but after a couple of weeks you will feel like it was worth it.

Dana - posted on 07/15/2009

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I've had better luck with the fenugreek rather than the mother's milk also.

Amber - posted on 07/15/2009

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I exclusively pump and I wish I would have done more in the begining to get my son to nurse. Don't let him get too used to the bottle pumping is a ton of work and hard to keep your supply up when anything brings it down. I have tried everything and taking 2 fenugreek three times a day works better than the mother's milk tea. Before you resort to formula feeding talk to your dr. mine was so low and I finally talked to my dr. because I was ready to give up and I got a prescription reglan or something like that and I got my supply back it was great. I didn't even have to take it as much as prescribed.

Nicole - posted on 07/15/2009

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Also your body might be ajusting to how much your baby needs. i have been breastfeeding for almost night months and mine always goes back and forth. my daughter had thrush for a really long time and i always breast feed just make sure you wash your nipples with warm water before and after to not spead the thrush. good luck : )

Dana - posted on 07/15/2009

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Just keep being diligent about pumping every two hours. As long as you do that, it should all be good.

Paige - posted on 07/15/2009

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Good luck! I had thrush a few times with my daughter and it was such a PIA.

Ashley - posted on 07/15/2009

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Thank you.



I saw the Fenugreek and GNC but figured I'd try out the Mothers Milk first. If I can't get it back up with just pumping I'll try that next.
I do sterilize everything at night and it's almost gone now.
I do want to put him back on the breast.. I hope the thrush goes fully away soon.

Paige - posted on 07/15/2009

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Eating oatmeal can also boost your supply. There are other herbal supplements too, like Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle, that can increase you milk. The best thing to do is pump every 2 hours, though, and as soon as you can get the baby back to the breast. Make sure you are sterilizing your bottles and pacifiers (if you have them) every night or you will just keep reintroducing the yeast.

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