How do I lengthen my Breastfeeding time?

Angela - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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With my son (first child) I was producing 120 to 170 ml a side but suddenly after the first month of breastfeeding I suddenly stopped producing completely. I am pregnant with my 2nd child and is trying to figure out what I can do to lengthen the time I will be able to breastfeed.
Is being Hypoglycemic a factor in not being able to breastfeed for long?

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Amber - posted on 03/26/2011

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My first child had latch issues so i had to pump until he figured out how to latch. My supply dropped because of his poor latch so i startex taking fenugreek and blessed thistle (herbs) and pumping every 2 hrs for 15 min each time after trying 4 different pumps the only one my body would respond to was the Symphony. I still only was able to pump 32 oz in 24 hrs. Or 1-4 oz a time, so not much . I worked with him for six months and he finally latched and was able to keep my supply up. I am now nursing my second child and can still only pump a small amount of milk but my daughter is very chunky and latches great. I highly recommend you nurse as much as you can and remember breastfeeding is supply and demand. Your baby will stimate your breasts better then any pump so it is better to try and get a good latch versus pumping and bottle feeding. Good luck and kudos for educating yourself!

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It might be a good - and fun- idea to join a breastfeeding support organisation eg LLL if you're in the US, ABA if you're in Australia. Mums from other countries will be able to suggest appropriate support groups, As well as having access to the expertise, you'll be in contact with a range of mums who've probably come across all sorts of issues.
You sound really dedicated. You'll be an awesome mum!

Celeste - posted on 03/25/2011

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Good, I'm glad she's an IBCLC. I really hope you get answers and help for this time around!!

Angela - posted on 03/25/2011

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The one I'm seeing in May is a IBCLC. I have tried a nipple shell. it didn't work. This time they do stick out a little more from having had to pump so much and at the highest setting to get anything out. they were still too big for his mouth to get around and he was was a big baby (8 lb. 10 oz.) We had to get a larger size pump cup shield thing to get around it to pump. I was pumping more than plenty then suddenly nothing at all.



I'm trying to figure out what to do this pregnancy to be able to breastfeed this one longer. even if I have to do per pumping again.

Celeste - posted on 03/25/2011

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So, you were exclusively pumping. It is normal for pump output to decrease. But, interesting that you pumped and couldn't pump anything.. Still isn't really indicative of supply, but since you were exclusively pumping, I know that was hard.

One thing you might want to look into is a nipple shell. Those can help draw out your nipple since you have flat nipples.

Are you going to see an IBCLC? There are differences between an LC and an IBCLC. I would definitely bring up your past medical history and see what they say.. The passing out, seizures, and hypertension is concerning for sure though.

Hopefully, this new one in May can give you some answers!

Angela - posted on 03/25/2011

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Have had 4 lactation consultants so far all certified and none have been able to tell me what happened or why. Have a meeting with a new one in May.
Done some research and haven't found anything about it yet.
Can't take any birth controls. None work with me. Too high drug resistant and allergic to Latex. A full epidural didn't do anything for me except cause back pains for me.
I was pumping because my son couldn't latch on and one day I just couldn't get anything anymore. We had tried everything to get him to latch on but couldn't. I do have a large, flat nipple which causes difficulty even when using the shield and suction device. I was producing more than most women do at one time, like I said I was producing 120 to 170 ml per side every 2 to 3 hours. I was producing the whole month then at the end suddenly dropped one day to only 3 oz. one day then the next none at all. that week I was having a hard time eating or drinking anything and kept getting dizzy and light headed. I had been having black outs and "drop out" seizures (where I pretty much die - heart stops, lungs stop, and eyes fully dilate out- then body surges to restart.) for the 2nd half of the pregnancy. and they had finally started to slow and stop the week I was no longer able to produce. I was still taking my prenatal vitamins. I have extremely low blood sugar, even for a non pregnant person (hypoglycemic) which was very likely a contributor to the black outs. The neurologist and Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) said I have Hypertension and need to de-stress. Other than that they haven't found anything wrong with me and there is nothing wrong with the babies.
All my doctors and specialists said that if I get my blood sugar up could help but how do I do that when my body burns it off before it can store it? What else can I do?

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As Celeste said, education is the key. Breastfeeding may be natural, but it doesn't necessarily come naturally. So make sure you've done all your research (see Preparing for breastfeeding. WAS:BF MYTH: Breastfeeding comes naturally, doesn’t it? – Or does it? http://www.circleofmoms.com/breastfeedin...
And I would always check that your lactation consultant is certified by the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).

All the best.

Celeste - posted on 03/25/2011

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How did you determine that you stopped producing? Were you taking any meds at the time? Generally, women just don't stop producing milk all of a sudden, unless they were on bc, taking a med that can dry up milk. If you can tell us what was going on at the time, maybe we can figure out what happened and prevent it from happening again

Angela - posted on 03/25/2011

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It didn't have to do with supply. My son was getting plenty a day I just suddenly stopped producing all together. There was nothing there for him to eat at the end of the first month. The breastfeeding counselor couldn't give me any advise as to what happened or why.

Celeste - posted on 03/25/2011

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I think the main thing is to educate yourself. Know how to tell if baby is getting enough, which is by diaper count. You want 1 diaper per day of life, up to 7 days. After that, 6-8 diapers a day. That will tell you if your supply is fine. Know what does NOT mean low supply. Understand that supply is supply and demand-the more you nurse, the more you will make.

Not sure about being hypoglycemic though.. Though, if you take estrogen BC, PCOS, that can make things difficult to maintain supply..

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