Where is the colostrum?

Kirsty - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have had my wee boy ten days early due to having Toximia, and it getting worse by day..

He was healthy when born, 8.9pounds, and is very settled and happy.

I however have not been able to breastfeed. There isnothing in there!! I havnt even had colostrum..

Am using a pump, but its like trying to suck air out of a balloon....

Is there any reason why I havnt had any luck, or any ideas how to speed things up??

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Michelle - posted on 03/08/2014

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One woman said it and she posted it perfectly. Just because you can't pump it doesn't mean you don't have it.

Allison - posted on 04/19/2010

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I agree you should talk to a good lactation consultant, mine gave me several tips over the phone that helped my milk come in - and it took 5 days!

I pumped 15 minutes every 2-3 hours, that is after trying to nurse a little each time. I was in the hospital most of that time, and could barely sit or hold my baby due to blood loss and blood transfusions. Anyway, once I got home, I sat and laid totally naked holding my son at my breast (skin-to-skin, as they say) for about 2 hours in a really warm bedroom, and suddenly my milk came in like crazy!!! So I think relaxing and skin-to-skin are key elements to helping your milk come in :) Good luck!

Allie - posted on 04/19/2010

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That's a good idea too...I hadnt thought of that..when I had my baby I was determined to have him get 1/2 and 1/2 breast & formula because I knew I was going back to work and it wasn't going to work out for me to do mommy milk full time. :)

Emily - posted on 04/19/2010

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Has your baby been able to nurse directly from the breast at all? What you pump is rarely an indication of your supply. Pumps simply cannot get out milk like a baby can. So just because you can't pump anything doesn't mean you don't have milk. If you are determined to breastfeed, I would seek help from a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader as soon as you can.

Allie - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had very little milk myself when my boys were born, so I have some idea of what you are going thru. The colostrum is the thickest part of the new milk- that's the first milk -you won't continue to , you will only provide regular breast milk probably after the first couple days of nursing. Make sure you are eating and drinking the right foods to keep up your milk supply. That includes drinking milk yourself. You have to maintain your body to keep up! :) (which I know is hard to do when you are a new mom-the first 2 weeks home are the hardest!) You had a good size baby just like I did with my first one. (he's 14 now!!) I was only nursing for 15 min (maybe20-like 10min per side) and then giving him formula. Since my milk was low I felt it best to be sure he was getting everything he needed -and he wanted it like every hour it seemed like,so it was easier to give him that to make him feel more full. I gave him the Enfamil because it's protiens were really close to breast milk, but there are probably others that are just as good. Also, when introducing formula, it's important to keep an eye on them,and watch for allergies... you can always google this information. Its probably a good idea to check with your family dr. or pediatrician and let them know how much or how little he's eating -tell them you don't think he's getting enough, and ask about formula choices. they can help you decide. If your milk is low, then it won't make much sense to keep pumping...

Good luck to you and enjoy him! :)

Rose - posted on 04/19/2010

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i would definitely talk to your doctor, but i wouldn't worry too much just yet.. sometimes it just takes some women a longer time to develop their breast milk.. i know with my first pregnancy, my breasts didn't swell or produce milk until a little over a week after the baby came.

Ashley - posted on 04/19/2010

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i would to talk to a nurse .. most hospitals have it that u can just come in and sit with a nurse and they will help out .. I was never able to breast feed because my milk never came in so i know how upsetting it can be nurses helped me and everythign baby wouldnt latch and i had no milk at all so talk to a nurse or doctor that could be your problem

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