Decided To Breastfeed 1 Week After Giving Birth

Brandi - posted on 02/08/2012 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My baby boy was born 1 week and 1 day ago. I've decided I want to breastfeed, but I don't think i'm producing enough milk. My breasts swelled up and got hard for about 2 days and now they aren't very hard or very big. I can still get a little milk out of them but i'm not sure if its enough to feed with. I ordered a breast pump that should be here by the end of this week but is there anything I can do now to stimulate milk production?

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Terra - posted on 02/08/2012

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Nurse your baby! That is the absolute best way to increase your milk supply. Offer the breast every single time he is hungry or looking to comfort suckle (no pacifiers right now). Crawl into bed with him and spend all day skin to skin allowing your baby to nurse as often as he wants to. Get in the bathtub with your sun and nurse him there. You can do it mama!

Heather - posted on 02/08/2012

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fenugreek (up to 20/day) and mother's milk tea are what my pediatrician (a HUGE breast feeding supporter) recommended to me when I was struggling with my supply. Go easy on the fenugreek to start, because it seriously works. Other than that, just keep feeding the baby as much as possible!! Only give him small amounts of formula, so he is willing to nurse frequently. Even switching him back and forthto encourage a let-down when there isn't much milk will go a long way towards helping your supply. Good luck!

Anna - posted on 02/24/2012

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Nurse as much as possible - co-sleep and wear your baby in a baby carrier that allows nursing such as the Moby Wrap or Ergo. If your baby doesn't want to nurse as much, try pumping after every feeding. The more your breasts are stimulated, the more milk you'll produce. Also, contact La Leche League for support, they'll help you a lot.

Summer - posted on 02/15/2012

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I Had serious low milk issues but was able to get my milk in after 4 weeks of pumping every two hours around the clock. I also had a prescription for Domperidone that was amazing!!!! Highly recommend!!!!

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2012

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You can definately get it back! Supply and demand!!! For the first couple days, I would try to nurse him every 45 minutes or so....and do 10-20 on one side and then the other...try to remember to start on the alternate side then before. When my son was sick and nursed more, I produced more. Your body will catch up, everyone is different, but it shouldn't take long. Don't use the pump, have him suck often!!! When I used a pump, I only got an ounce out, MAYBE....when he nursed...he got 6-7 ounces out! You want your body to get the sucking stimulation just as much as you want your baby to get used to nursing. IF you must use formula, either use a bottle with a similar nipple to the breast, OR, which is what I used when I had to supplement once with formula...was a device that I think is called a finger feed....it was a tube that you tape to the breast so that they suck on the breast, but gets formula. You can do it, DON'T give up.

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Anya - posted on 02/20/2012

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With regard to Fenugreek... It makes you smell like maple syrup... And what I was told was that I'd you don't smell like it, then you aren't taking enough to be effective !! ; ).

Marsha - posted on 02/20/2012

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Just keep nursing him... because you waited a bit to start, your body didn't think you needed the milk. But as you keep it up, and keep nursing, your supply will increase with the demands of your baby.

Anya - posted on 02/15/2012

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Brandi -

I'm so curious to hear how it's going... Hope you're having luck. : )

Hang in there.... You're already a great mommy no matter what!

Deborah - posted on 02/15/2012

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As other mothers have said, nurse or pump every two hours. I never woke my son to feed, and he was just fine weight wise. IF he slept long I would pump, sometimes that was a disaster because he would wake up hungry as soon as I finished pumping... We were supplementing a little, so he would just get some mixed formula/breastmilk combination.



There is also an herbal suppliment called Fenugreek that stimulates breast milk production. I breastfed my daughter for 2 months, and felt terrible I didn't try harder, so I tried to get back to it. I pumped every two hours and started taking fenugreek. I got it to come back, but not enough to matter... I was in college at the time and it was REALLY hard to work around my school schedule to take 20 minutes out of every 2 hours.



Do some research on Fenugreek, because taking what is recommended on the bottle doesn't do anything (I Think I had to take 6 capsules, but I Don't remember how much was in each capsule). You'll be fine! Baby's mouth is definitely the best way to stimulate production though, in my opinion using a pump because the baby is sleeping is just fine. I hated waking up my infant.



Good luck, I hope you're successful!

Vivian - posted on 02/14/2012

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I suggest offering the breast at least every 2 hours. That means if you offer it to him at let's say 12:00, he suckles for 20-30 minutes then either falls asleep or complains because he doesn't getting enough so you give him a little formula. By the this time it's getting close to 1:00. By 2:00 you should be offering your breast to him again. This will need to go on for maybe the first 6 weeks and you'll see your supply increase. But seriously you have to be DILIGENT with either breastfeeding or pumping EVERY 2 HOURS. Yes this means in the middle of the night too. Your baby won't decipher between night and day yet so you'll have to do it round the clock. If he is falling asleep at the breast or crying because he's still hungry, you may want to check into getting a Supplemental Nursing System (SNS). Medela makes one. Basically it's a device with a tiny tube that you tape to your breast close to your nipple so your baby will be encouraged to nurse longer since he'll be getting milk through the tube but also stimulating your breast at the same time. If you must use a bottle give it to him only AFTER he's already nursed from you. I wish I knew all these things when I had my first baby. I'm currently successfully nursing full time my second baby and I'll tell you it is WORK to keep my supply up even 8 months into it. Some people have an abundance of milk and others produce just enough for the baby for the day. But I would encourage you also to use the pump for at least 10-20 minutes AFTER the baby has nursed on you. This will tell your body there is still a demand even after baby has delatched. Just remember, even if you aren't successful in producing a full milk supply, any breast milk you can give your baby is of benefit. With my first baby, I was only able to pump 1-2 ounces of milk total out of both breasts with a hospital grade pump so it took me all day to just get one bottle's worth. But I did this for 6 months and happy I did because whatever I could provide for my son, I was going to do it. Good luck! Hope it works!

Hella - posted on 02/14/2012

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if you want to increase your milk supply, don't use the breast pump. Simply just put your baby on your breast every hour, or even more often if needed. Don't be nervous how much milk you have, since there is no way you will know it. Only trust your baby. Babies had been designed to nurse, and they control, how much milk you have. The breast pump can't ever stimulate your breast as baby does, and you never able to pump as much milk as your baby does. If you want to increase your milk, nurse often, if you want to decrease it , don't nurse so often, but better let your baby decide. I nursed my first son for 34 month, and currently nursing my 6 month old. I always let them lead. :))

Also just you to know your milk not going away just after a week. My didn't go away ever. I stopped my son when I got pregnant with my second baby, because it was too painful, and I thought he will forget how to nurse, or my milk will go away, wrrroooooooong. My milk never stopped, and when I gave birth to my second, my first just jumped back on my breast enjoying my milk with my newborn. :))

Just relax, and trust your baby.

Tine - posted on 02/12/2012

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Yes, put your baby on the breast as often as possible! He may need to practice to get back into the swing of it if he's had a bottle, as it's a different sucking action. Breast feeding is a bit harder work than bottle feeding (the sucking on the breast is great for palate and mouth development for speech etc).



Milk is stimulated by frequency, not length of feeds, so put him on every half hour if you can, and don't stress at all about how much he is or isn't getting at first. Put him on BEFORE you give him a bottle too, so he gets to try the breast first.



Let him play with the breast, and take his time, and have him skin to skin (ie naked!) against your bare chest as these things all stimulate the hormones (prolactin and oxytocin mainly) that get milk going. You might want to try letting him crawl naked up your bare tummy and self attach like a newborn too, that can help him learn to attach well (he needs to get the whole nipple and most of the aureole not just the nipple).



Be gentle on yourself and him, just take time out to focus on letting your bub build your supply back up for a few days, it shouldn't take long. If you're in doubt or it's difficult, get good support. If you're in Australia call the Australian Breastfeeding Assoc. hotline, 1800 mum 2 mum, or the La Leche League in other countries.



Also try a homeopath. The remedy Urtica is extremely effective for creating a bountiful supply, but go see a trained homeopath.



Best wishes, and I hope you have some great support to enable you to persevere, good on you :-) :-)

Christina - posted on 02/12/2012

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IT is not a use it or loose it thing, women who havent even had children have the ability to pump and stimulate the breast enough to make milk... massaging lets down milk, warm packs, letting your baby suck often even if theres nothing there will stimulate milk production

LaLasha - posted on 02/12/2012

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Breastmilk is a use it or lose it type thing so I'm sorry you are starting behind the 8 ball on this however you changed your mind soon enough that you have a good chance of getting your full supply back.

To start put him to the breast often and make an appt with a lactation consultant tell her the truth about the situation and she should be able to help you.

Secondly get a milk boosting herbal supplement or a perscription forgone of the three milk boosting drugs from your doctor.

Ronda - posted on 02/11/2012

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I made the mistake of using formula while bf, but I just started feeding baby on demand. I would literally bf, formula feed, then bf again at every feeding to stimulate my milk production. It was tedious, and very difficult, but I stuck with it and it paid off. Do not buy into the lie that you do not have enough milk. It takes TIME, and lots of it. If you need some encouragement, message me. Good luck, you can do it!!!

Tanya - posted on 02/11/2012

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Like the other ladies said, just nurse on demand. Since your son is so young, even offer the breasts more often than he asks. All he can do is refuse. He might even latch on and comfort suck. It will probably also help to cosleep if you aren't already. Then he will have fast and unlimited access at night, too. Try the nursing lying down position and you may even find he wakes up and latches on before you wake up!



I know with my first son I just went around topless or in a nursing tank. Also, wearing him in a sling can help since he'll be so near you. Skin to skin if it's warm enough.



Good luck!

Howarda - posted on 02/10/2012

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I felt the same way after my daughter was born 7 weeks ago. I was afraid that I didn't have enough milk supply. But I continued to nurse. I stayed hydrated and I gave a gentle massage of my breast before feeding her. Just remember to RELAX. :) I never get that "FULL" sensation, but I know my baby is getting enough milk from the number of wet diapers and from her last doctor visit. So hang in there, you can do it!!

Anya - posted on 02/10/2012

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Fenugreek, nursing, and pumping.... You definitely can sill do it if you keep at it... Your body will catch on!! You may also want to talk to a lactation specialist just to get any additional support.... Some hospitals offer free LCD support by phone. Good luck!!!! : )

Michelle - posted on 02/09/2012

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Nurse, nurse, and nurse some more. That's the best way to increase supply. Milk works on supply and demand - once your breasts figure out there's a demand they will increase supply. As much as we are constantly hearing about people not having enough milk it's actually relatively rare. Thinking you don't have enough is sadly common! When your supply increases don't worry if your breasts don't get hard like they did in the beginning. When everything's working properly they shouldn't get full and hard (unless you miss a feed maybe...) because you're making milk *while* the baby is feeding. Good luck!

Celeste - posted on 02/09/2012

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Ditto to Terra. Nursing often stimulates milk production. Nurse nurse nurse and nurse some more! To know if baby is getting enough, watch diapers. 6-8, no matter content, baby's getting enough.

Brianna - posted on 02/08/2012

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just keep trying to nurse him even if u nurse for a lil while to stimulate milk production. then give a bottle after to feed baby more until u can produces more milk

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