milk supply seems to be drying up after 10 days

User - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I had my daughter by elective c section 10 days ago and i havent had a good supply of milk, nappies not that wet. i gave her formula milk on saturday, she took to it and she looked so hungry as she had it. I have tried expressing and only managed 10 mls once and nothing ever since. Help me i am so desperate.

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Vanessa - posted on 12/07/2009

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CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby!!

Call the hospital where you delivered and explain that you are having complications and NEED to speak to the lactation consultant. (many hospitals offer at least a free consultation if not a free support group!)

It is very rare that moms don't make enough milk - especially so close after delivery. Pumping/expressing is not a good indicator as even a hospital grade pump cannot accurately mimic a baby's sucking power.

I didn't learn about or see a lactation consultant until my twins were 14 days old - and what a HUGE difference it made!! (BTW - most pediatricians and doctors in general are "sponsored by" drug and formula companies - that is why I believe they are so quick to say 'just give formula" or "take this pill" "here's a free sample" A lactation consultant will help do everything to make nursing possible for you and your baby.

Don't give up! Make a call!

Jacqueline - posted on 12/07/2009

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With my 2 kids I got to the point that I was pumping every 15mins just so I could try to give breast milk but no matter what I did as soon as I stopped bleeding 2-3wks after I had them the milk stopped too. If she took to the formula it wont hurt her and isnt all that different from breast milk.

Ries - posted on 12/07/2009

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remember that to establish milk supply (takes about three weeks) to offer breast about 2 hourly in first week, so "start' that week now. all the other advice is good. pain may be delaying your let down, so try and relax as much as possible when feeding, and remember newborns tummy is the size of a walnut and breast milk is digested quicker than formula, so this can impede the supply/demand chain as baby sleeps longer after a top up...keep that to only once a day if possible, in the evening.... measuring your pumping may not indicate what baby is getting at all, (post feed, not at regular feed time so your body not at peak.. etc) so pump to increase supply and save as top ups is ok, but why not use that energy to add an extra feed?...i only pumped 30 mls at a time at work for my 5 month old ... but kept feeding her fine... also, peak lactose hormones are at 4-6 am...and the low is 4-8pm at night, so pumping then will not be true indicator of supply which varies over 24 hours. comfort sucking also boosts supply so ditch the dummy for a few days if you are using one.. let baby comfort suck too...also water water water (for you). wake baby as needed if asleep longer than 4 hours. are you using the mini pill? ... ditch that if so, just for a week or two...
also, baby may be using ALL your milk, so less nappies now than in a few weeks time. give it time and patience, for if you baby looks good to you, she probably is! do not be frightened by weight loss in the first week also , that's normal, they reach birth weight again in 2 weeks, and so is no indicator of supply problems... your C-section has affected you both, and you are brave and strong, and perfectly able to feed your baby if you have gotten this far...it will ease up in a few weeks and you will be glad you did every thing you could.... no matter how it turns out...good luck!

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Bernice - posted on 09/29/2016

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Increasing my water intake and drinking Healthy nursing tea helped me maintaining my breast milk production which was nearly dead.

User - posted on 12/07/2009

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thank you all i feel so encouraged will talk to my health visitor/midwife tomorrow to see if what extra support i can get. will also ask about the tea.

Darlene - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have 2 children and both had reflux so it was difficult to breastfeed. I pumped every couple hours to produce more milk and fed with a bottle. Also warm compresses and a soft massage on you chest might help. Don't feel bad if you switch to formula.

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You need to keeep feeding and/or expressing to increase your supply, the more your baby feeds the more milk you'll produce....

Emma - posted on 12/07/2009

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I am currently training to be a peer support for breastfeeding mums! We have been taught that to increase your milk supply you should feed your baby regularly and have plenty of skin to skin contact also your night feeds are essential as this is helps stimulate your body to produce more milk! If you feel you need advise ask a professional at the end of the day they are there to help!

C. - posted on 12/07/2009

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Drink LOTS of water!!!! And make sure you're getting enough calories!!!!! It takes about 500 calories extra to produce milk. Also, pump, pump, pump!!!!! It doesn't matter how little you pump.. Just keep pumping!!!!!

Lorraine - posted on 12/07/2009

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u need to drink lots of fluids talk 2 yur health visitor they get a breastfeeding midewife out 2 help u they did with me ive only just stopprd & holly just gone 1yr

Erin - posted on 12/07/2009

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If you need to supplement with formula (on the advice of a lactation consultant) you should get a lactation aid, so the baby is still nursing from you thereby stimulating your body to produce more milk(baby still nurses from you but you stick a tiny tube in her mouth while she's nursing) yet the baby will be getting the nutrients from the formula. I had to do this for nearly a week as my milk didn't even start to come in until day 8 and we discovered my daughter was really dehydrated on day 3 (urine was crystallizing!). Keep in mind that pumping is not a true reflection of what your baby is getting as your baby is more efficient at the boob than the pump is. Here's a great article on using a lactation aid http://pediatrics.about.com/library/brea... your pediatrician or lactation consultant should have them on hand or be able to direct you to a place to get it. My daughters pediatrician gave us ours when I was insistent on breastfeeding and didn't want to cause nipple confusion by introducing a bottle so early.

Brooke - posted on 12/07/2009

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hey my boy is 8 months when he was born i found it hard to get my supply up as well the more you attatch them the more supply u get i also went on tablets that are perscription from the doctor to increase the supply in the end i did both formula and bottle i used bottle at night and breast during the day but i have also nown ppl that breast feed and after each feed offer the formula as a top up hang in there its hard at the start but after a month or two of persistance it gets better but then if u decide u want to just formula feed thats ok to

Caithlin - posted on 12/07/2009

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drink lots of fluids and try to get as much sleep as you can. also oatmeal can help boost your milk supply. i always see a big difference in my milk supply when i dont get enough sleep. also if you are on any medications because of the c-section that could also be lowering your milk supply. you might want to talk to your ob or local lactation consultant. you could also try to find out if there are any local breastfeeding support groups, the hospital i delivered at has one and its great...they help you with any questions. i hope everything turns out okay

Heather - posted on 12/07/2009

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LOTS of water and eatting healthy. Also I agree with Mattee let her nurse as long as she will and then if shes more hungry then give her formula. With my first son he nursed till 20 months and with my youngest I didn't make enough tried all the tricks but it didn't help he had to have formula. Just know that after all the tricks have been tried and your still not making enough that formula is ok its not your fault. I felt bad when i couldn't nurse but im ok now. He's nice and healthy!!

Christine - posted on 12/07/2009

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Make sure you have plenty of rest, are eating well, and drinking lots of water yourself. Hang in there! It isn't always easy to get started, but it's worth it if you can persist.

Samantha - posted on 12/07/2009

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I had the same problem with milk decreasing in the beginning, but the hospital told me it was normal. If you want to keep breastfeeding, you can suppliment with the formula but offer her both breasts first. This way your brain is still getting the signal to make more milk. If you stop, your milk will disappear. You may want to see a lactation consultant to help you. No one in my family knew about breastfeeding bc all they did was the formula so I couldnt go to them for help. When I saw my lactation consultant, I learned so much and I still breastfeed my little girl and she will be 3 months on Dec 19. Hope this helps :)

Pamela - posted on 12/07/2009

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Keep trying, having a c section makes it harder for your body to establish a steady milk supply but its not impossible. If breastfeeding is what you want to do, don't give up. Its the best for your baby. I have a coworker who had a c section her son is six months now and she is still breastfeeding. While I was pregnant i was worried about my milk and asked her all kinds of questions.

Lots of skin to skin time and pumping helped her.

When I had my son I started drink this tea called mothers milk, i find it at GNC. It has really helped me and of course pumping

Good Luck

Mattee - posted on 12/07/2009

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Let her nurse as long as she will, then offer her formula. Do this at each feeding. It should stimulate you to produce more. It works great for me.

Emma - posted on 12/07/2009

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Sometimes you just don't make enough milk. Sometimes your body needs help doing so. You can take herbs like Fenugreek and thistle tea to help with the production of milk. Also you can eat oatmeal, drink lots of water, eat your veggies, drink milk. Put your baby to the breast as often as you can, the natural reaction is your body will make milk. Another thing to consider is going to your doc and asking for the prescription to help you produce milk. Get yourself a lactaction counsellor, they can help diagnose what problems you are having and what you can do.

Kari - posted on 12/07/2009

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i had the same type of problem with my 2 kids. i simply put them on formula and they were fine.

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