Milk Production

Danica - posted on 06/13/2017 ( no moms have responded yet )

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Hi all!!!! I am new here and feel such a relief on my heart finding a mama group for our littlest of ones.

My Lillian was born just she of 31 weeks (30 weeks 6 days) on May 20, 2017 weighing 3 lbs 6 oz via emergency c-section (preeclampsia). I started pumping while in recovery and walked as soon as my catheter was removed......I am a determined first time mama!!!! She was born on a Saturday and I produced colostrum pretty quickly and by that Wednesday I was starting to really accumulate the transition milk. It seemed like so much when she needed so little!!!! Today she is now up 40 ml per feeding and I am still not producing enough for every feed. I am close but just not there. We supplement with high calorie formula for preemies BUT she hates it. When taking breast milk she takes all her feeds through bottles but not so much with the formula. It breaks our hearts because she needs to take 85% of her feeds through her bottles before they remove her feeding tube. If I could produce more she would be fine but I am just not there yet.

I am working diligently with my lactation specialist in the NICU and she is amazing!!!!! I am pumping every 2 to 3 hours. I power pump in the morning and then in the evening. I am trying to drink as much water as I can and drinking caffeine as much as want (lactation specialist recommends). I started taking the supplement Moringa about 4 days ago ad increased the dose yesterday. Last night we decided to test my thyroid and start Reglan. I have Lupus and chronic hypertension and I am still battling with preeclampsia that is accompanied by terrible headaches. I am exhausted between pumping and living between home and the NICU. I am on bed rest AGAIN during the day because of the high bp as well as headaches. We are trying to treat at home as much as possible and not go back into the hospital on mag (was on it for 6 days).

I know it i common for us early mamas to struggle with production in the beginning. Is there any advice or suggestions you all may have being in my shoes???? I do not want to give up and will pump and supplement through the next few years if needed. I know any breast milk is wonderful even if it isn't all breast milk. I am just feeling a bit down and defeated these days not being able to see her when I want and not being able to give her one of the things that I can actually give her.

Thank you all so much!!!!!

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