Milk supply came in, but cant get anything out?!

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am pregnant with our 3rd child. Due in the beginning of February and I am concerned about my ability to breast feed. With my first she had a little trouble latching on at first but then she was fine from then on out. My second I had the hardest time, and was unable to breastfeed. This was heartbreaking for me. I tried to feed her over and over and over again for hours and she would latch on great suck a couple times then let go. Well as it turned out my milk or colostrum wasn't coming out. Im not sure why this would be. I ended up giving her a bottle because she was starving as it had been atleast a couple hours. When we got home I got a breast pump (manual and electric) and the most I could get was 1/2 an oz out of each breast, maybe 1 oz, I tried heat, massage. Nothing would work, I was horribly engorged. I do not understand why this would be. I do not want this to happen again. Any ideas or advice would be great!

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Celeste - posted on 12/30/2012

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So sorry you had a hard time! Hopefully with information, you'll have better luck.

First few things you need to know.. Pump output is never reflective of supply. You also need to know that 1/2 to 2 oz total is average output.

The best way to determine if baby is getting enough is by diaper output. As long as baby is getting plenty of diapers, your baby is getting plenty. Newborn to 6 days, 1 per day of life. After that, 6 to 8 no matter content. As long as baby is getting those diapers, baby is getting plenty. Don't judge supply by feel of breasts, pump output or by baby's behavior.

I would highly recommend to do some reading.. Kellymom.com is a fantastic resource. It's run by Kelly Bonyata who is an IBCLC. "So That's What They're For" by Janet Tamaro. "Womanly Guide" is a good one.

Find a breastfeeding support group (either LLL or another one), find other moms who successfully breastfed. And, find a knowledgeable care provider. Not one who says he supports breastfeeding and then turns to formula if you're having problems. I found one through other moms who breastfed.


Good luck! You can do this!!

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