Need helpful suggestions on how to stimulate breastmilk

Ven - posted on 11/02/2013 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son just turned one month old and have been supplemented with formula since birth. I had an emergency C-section. I have been trying to pump since he doesn't latch on but have not been as consistent as I should be. I also a first time mom going through some difficult family issues. If anyone can provide me with some advice, it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Chey - posted on 11/02/2013

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I successfully relactated after 3 months. It wasn't a complete relactation (about half my babys needs) but I did do it. (medical issues wouldn't allow me to use essential herbs.) Pending your breasts are healthy and haven't been damaged by surgery-you can do it to! Especially after only a month!! The homones best suited to aid in relactation lay in your body for 3 months postpartum so you are in a good position to try. Baby seems fusturated and wont nurse because your current supply is inadequate. You must build up the supply first-and then bring baby back to breast. At one month, baby is definitely young enough to go back to full breast feeding once that milk supply is established. I will say that to relactate a good healthy supply, it requires commitment. if your serious, its no, "pumping here and there," you must be regular and commit yourself to it, or you are wasting your time and getting sore breasts (by pumping) for nothing. You must be seriously commited to wanting your breastmilk back. Encourage yourself throughout the process by reminding yourself that breastmilk is like liquid gold. Breastmilk is the perfect food for babies and blows any infant formula out the door anyday. I recommend having a good quality electric pump. You can rent a good medela one from the hospital. You want to pump for 15-20 mins each side every 3 hours, especially during the night. (unfortunately that means less sleep, but if your serious, who cares.) If you are not asthmatic or have other health conditions prohibing it take fenugreek. you can buy it at natural health stores. It is amazing and can get you back to a full supply in 3 small days. that's HUGE. Drink mothers milk tea also. Look both these amazing herbal suppliments up first to make sure you don't have any health related issues that will affect you while taking it. You can totally do this, good luck!! :)

Cassandra - posted on 11/02/2013

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after I gave birth to my second daughter, she went into ICU for a couple weeks. my milk came in and then went away because I wasn't breastfeeding. I ended up drinking fenugreek tea (can get this from babies-r-us) and pumping on a regular schedule (even when no milk was coming out). eventually I had more milk than I needed. the nurses from ICU were telling me I was bringing in too much! I know that the pumping when milk isn't coming out is frustrating...always second guessing if this is working or worth it, but this actually tells your body how much milk you are needing and it will begin to do it after a while. And the tea doesn't taste that great...add honey and lemon helps...but man it sure works!

Amie - posted on 11/02/2013

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Were you not able to breastfeed him from the very start? I'm just wondering why the supplementing from birth. I know that when you're engorged it's when your body is figuring out how much to produce for the baby. Is he not latching on because he is not used to the breast or because he is having difficulty? I know the only way I've heard to get your milk supply up is to pump for 10 minutes every hour (I think that's what it was) and drink lots of water! But if you can get him to latch I would just try to allow him to work it out of you. If you start with the breast and then give him the bottle, he's going to start realizing that he can hold out and get the bottle. If you want to purely breastfeed, the bottle can't be an option. If you're cracked and hurting, get nipple shields...They are magical! Wonderful for first time breastfeeding. And as the doctor told me (and it's true, being a mom of 3), it'll never hurt this bad again! Chin up and remember all first time moms have a hard time adjusting. The first 3 months feel like a lifetime...but you'll never again have that slow time...it speeds up really fast!

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Colleen - posted on 11/04/2013

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The more you pump the more you will produce. I know it may seem to take a while but don't give up and while trying to breatfeed you could try one of the nipple protectors....that saved my life when I was breast feeding. I got mine at babies r us and they really do help the baby to learn how to latch on and save mom much pain and suffering

Rupanwita - posted on 11/04/2013

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Try the artificial nipple ..it helps the baby to latch on.. Once he become expert in sucking u can discontinue it... I had one nipple inverted.. Had c section... Nurse gave me this ... And it helped,,, try to breast feed...drink milk boiled with 3-4cloves of garlic .. To stimulate milk production... It's a moment of joy and pain... Happy motherhood

Kelly - posted on 11/04/2013

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My son was born at 26 Wks, 3 months early so I totally understand the frustration with producing milk etc.. I was so ill I couldn't even see my little man for a week, & had nurses coming in my room squeezing the life out of my nipples which at the time was just rotten!! Anyway once I did manage to get it going it was difficult to keep up. However there were a few things that helped. As knackered as I was regularly pumping especially through the night helped. Expressing next to him in NICU instinctively helps I think, kangaroo care, & although I can't remember the name of it I was prescribed an anti sickness drug which has a side effect of lactating .. Really helped give me a milk supply boost !! Hope these tips are helpful :)

Chey - posted on 11/04/2013

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Deidra: That is a great amount to be pumping daily at this this time. The thing with pumps (as wonderful as they are) they can be misleading. They cannot tell you how much milk you have because they will never drain your milk the way a baby will. It may seem like no matter how long you pump you can only get a couple ounces at a time. Even women who have a large supply cant seem to rely on a pump to fully drain them no matter how hard they try. This may seem off but it is true. Not being able to hold baby can affect milk production for sure. Was baby really prem? Is that why you can't hold baby yet? As soon as your able to hold baby, do skin to skin kangaroo care (baby laying on your bare chest in just a diaper with a warm blanket around you. Nicus generally have privacy curtains or seprate rooms which can make this more comfortable. I recommend to continue what you are doing, and bring your pumped milk to Nicu so she can be fed it (any amount of breast milk baby has will benefit) As soon as your able, try bringing baby to breast to nurse. One baby starts breast feeding your supply should start to meet her demand. Best of luck :)

Ven - posted on 11/03/2013

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Thank you Naomi. It's great getting help from moms who have been somewhat in the same position. Sighs, it is difficult but I am going to put my all in it. I truly need to focus on that. Smiles, thanks again to everyone with their helpful suggestions!

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When I had my first baby I did not know anything about nursing. They gave him Enfamil bottles at the hospital. So the first month I supplemented just like you. When I took him for his checkup the doctor insisted that I cannot give him the formula at all. The first few days I was crying more than him. Seeing my son hungry and I can't give him enough. But after that I had enough just for him I couldn't believe it but it happened and i nursed him full time until he was 14 months old. You mild will be the best also during the first few months. Drink fluids as much as possible and try to get plenty of rest. Sleep whenever you can. As for difficult times, stress does affect you. I have nursed my daughter during my father's sickness and even at the funeral and at many other difficult times. It is hard but you can do it.

Cassandra - posted on 11/03/2013

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Deidra - One other thing that a nurse in the NICU did for me was give me some blankets that the baby was sleeping with so I could smell her sent while I was pumping...maybe they could do that for you too...it's worth a try...that and the tea if your doctor says it's ok to drink.
Good luck with your baby. Hope she gets to come home soon.

Cassandra - posted on 11/03/2013

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Yeah I noticed after 2 days of drinking the tea I was getting milk in again, and by the end of the week I had a ton! doesn't taste great but it definitely works.

Ven - posted on 11/03/2013

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Thanks Chey. You are definitely right when you say that it is a commitment. Its a goal that I definitely want to attain for my son.

Deidra - posted on 11/02/2013

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My daughter was placed in NICU immediately after birth and now 18 days later i am still pumping with a rented medela symphony. my question is i am only producing about 13-14 ounces per day, could part of the problem be i have not gotten to hold her yet? I am pumping for 15-20 minutes each side every 3 hours. is this a normal amount this long after giving birth? I also had an emergency c section

Ven - posted on 11/02/2013

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Thanks Cassandra. Actually found the mother's milk tea in my care package, I'm going to start drinking it. Did you know how long it took after you started your regimen?

Ven - posted on 11/02/2013

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Thanks Amie. No I wasn't able to breastfeed from the beginning. I went in for a vaginal birth and ended up with an emergency C-section. Despite my birth plan where I informed the staff that he would be breastfed, my son was given formula from the beginning. He doesn't quite like the breast :-(, I did get a nipple shield and he latches on but gets frustrated because I'm not giving him as much milk as the bottle does. Its a bit frustrating to the point where I want to wail right along with him. I'll definitely aim to wean him off the bottle but I am afraid of him being hypoglycemic again like he was in the hospital when he was not latching. I definitely try pumping more. I am doing it now every 2 hours. Again, thank you and I shall definitely enjoy this time...tears and all.

Amie - posted on 11/02/2013

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Oh glad Gen Sis posted that...I forgot...Yogi tea makes a tea for breastfeeding support. My 2nd child is very tiny and well past engorgement this was the only thing that made me feel full. You can get it at WalMart.

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