help!!!!! proud mother of a 3month old boy... period just returned

Mary - posted on 05/13/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My period just returned and my milk supply has changed drastically...I already taken fenugreek but to no avail...I only pump due to the fact that I have severely inverted nipples and I feel like I am doing it every hour and getting only like a 1/4 oz. from each breast ...I feel like I will fall behind what my boy wants ...what can I do????

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Mandy - posted on 05/15/2013

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After having infected nipples, cuts and bleeding, an infection in my c-section and mastitis (all at once with my first child) breast feeding was so hard, everyone kept after me to give up, everyone except the lactation consultants that is. I could barely pump 1/4 an oz myself as pumping was so painful. I would cry when my daughter would latch, but those wonderful ladies helped me stay strong, I was determined. After one visit they determined her latch, or lack of it was what was causing the infection. They showed me how to correct this, it took patience and time, and was painful, but my daughter and I learned together, got over the hard part and she nursed until she was 28 months old, her brother was about 2 weeks old. I had similar issues with him, as nursing a toddler is WAY different from a newborn, so had to relearn the latch trick.
My best advice, don't stress, remember to eat and drink lots of water, a glass just before you feed or pump and a glass during. Being relaxed, we'll fed and we'll hydrated will dramatically increase your flow. One last tip, try having baby on your chest skin to skin, no matter if you are feeding or pumping, it will help. :)
Lastly, try to remember that baby's are designed to breastfeed, the pump was built to imitate that, so it will never do as good a job as your little one.
Good luck and stay strong. Now matter what happens.

Mary - posted on 05/20/2013

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Thanx everyone for your comments and support....My menstrual cycle is gone and my milk is almost all the way back:) THANK YOU JESUS STILL PUMPING STRONG AND I hope to continue to do so

Mei - posted on 05/19/2013

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Is there a lactation consultant you can seek help? before there's complication like infection? I regretted looking for one too late, and by then, eczema for my baby came and it was very difficult to get milk pumping.. and fenugreek didn't work for me..

Hugs!
Mei of EczemaBlues

Kirsten - posted on 05/17/2013

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I think you are doing it too often, you aren't letting the supply refill. Try waiting 2-3 hours then pump 10-20 mins depending on your comfort. My son never latched right and I exclusily pumped for him, now with my second I do both. I found these wonderful nipple shields you can use for nursing. You put them over your nipples while the baby nurses. Thier suction is enof to pull your nipple out and get the milk. They have them in most stores where they have breastfeeding stuff. You could still try them if you want him to nurse.

Vanessa - posted on 05/13/2013

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Don't stop! Keep going :)
Also don't rely as what you can pump as a gague to how much you actually have :)
My period came back after 8 weeks and I'm still breastfeeding morning and night 2.5yrs later - your supply will change many times - if your tired or have a cold etc. just don't stop, that's the key.
Ask your dr about Motilium - it'll give you your Dolly Partons back in no time :) also look up a recipe for Lactation cookies and start baking :)
You can so do this!

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Mandy - posted on 05/15/2013

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Glad to help. I have found that other mom's are what keep me sane most days, sharing stories of our Littles crazy antics, or brainstorming to solve a problem. I hope my advise helps. I re-read your post. I thought you said infected nipples not inverted.. my bad. My nipples also used to be moderately inverted, until I started breastfeeding. Does your area/dr/hospital offer lactation consultants? Those ladies all had children, some grandchildren, many were nurses or midwives, and their advise was so invaluable.

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