Christa - posted on 02/22/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )
I am a first time mom and really stressed out about my supply....I need some advice please!!!
Background: My preemie was born @ 32 weeks and was in the NICU for 40 days. She just came home and is now 38 weeks. No issues, just a little reflux and frequent gas from the Similac Neosure I have to use to fortify my breastmilk. She's eating 2.5-3oz every 4 hours. I also breastfeed her 2-3x a day for around 30 min but still trying to get the hang of it. I hear her swallowing, but she'll usually still take 80-100% of her full feeding on bottle after that.
I have not been able to supply her with 100% BM because I just got off to a bad start with her being in the NICU for 5 weeks. I was severely stressed and not able to be with her all the time. I had to supplement around 30-40% of her feedings with neosure and now that she is home, I'm still not making enough milk because its like my boobs are on the same programming or something. I know this neosure is giving her really bad uncomfortable gas and I desperately want to get her off of it. I know I am supposed to pump every 2-3 hours but its hard because if I pump, I'm worried they'll be empty for breastfeeding. I have not been pumping during the night because for some reason my boobs are trained to give me around 3oz when I wake up and pump, yet if I get up and pump through the night, combined with my first pump of the morning I STILL only get 3oz. So why torture myself to pump in the night if it doesnt make a difference in volume? After my morning pump I am only getting around 1oz or less per pump (both breasts) for the rest of the day. I have not been doing the recommended 6-8 pump sessions per day because I am also breastfeeding when I can and worried this will not leave enough for her. I was thinking maybe I can feed her and then pump afterward every 4 hours (when she eats) but not sure if that is enough to increase my supply. I know one MAJOR issue is water, so I am working really hard to drink more which is an area I need to improve. In terms of sleep, I get it where I can and things are stressful at home sometimes. Am I just being lazy? Do I just need to pump every 2 hours and drink water like crazy - regardless of how much milk is left for breastfeeding? Have I made it impossible for my supply to increase at this point? Are my boobs now programmed for this amount or can I actually get it to go up? Any advice is appreciated!!!!