Trouble with breastfeeding

Autumn - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I've had to supplement with formula because she wasn't getting enough when I would breastfeed. But I'm still not producing enough to feed her. I know that I can bond with her if I'm giving her a bottle, but I feel like I'm doing something wrong since I can't really breastfeed her. She doesn't have nipple confusion because she latches on fine. And I'm cracking really bad, that's another reason why I'm having trouble feeding her.



Any help? I feel like I'm doing something wrong and I kinda feel like a bad mom because I can't handle the pain of her nursing and I'm not producing enough....

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Carrie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Don't feel bad! You're being a great mom already b/c you are putting her needs above your own! But, if it isn't working out, then all you can do is your best! Try to start pumping more...let your nipples heal up a little...are you using a breast cream? Check with your doc about drinking a beer...it should help your milk production...hang in there!

Cyndie - posted on 08/28/2009

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I nursed my boy for only 4 months because I wasn't producing enough milk for him. Then I had my girl and this time I was ready to do it right since the beginnig. I went over I got a electrical pump. Every time that I was done nursing I would pump. Not much would came out, but it was defenetly enough to increase my producction. My baby slept all night since the beginning and the doctor told my to not wake her up. so I would get up and pump every day at 3 to pump 10-15min. After the 8 min nothing would came out, but if you give it patience you'll get a "second wave" of milk at the min 12 (That was my big secret). I starting getting 8-9oz per side. I store that one for the first feeding in the morning, and the other to the frezer. After the 3er month, I pumped only once a day, making sure that you squice every drop of it. I was getting enough for 2 babies!!! Good Luck!!

Katie - posted on 08/28/2009

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I agree...you are not a bad mom! It turns out breast feeding is HARD! I had really cracked nipples for ~1 week and it really was awful. I used the lanolin after every time you nurse and most importantly, make sure your baby is latching on correctly. From what I can gather a poor latch is the major reason for sore nipples after about 1-2 weeks. Also, if it is too painful right now, pump pump pump and your milk supply will catch up. Good luck and congratulations

Danae - posted on 08/28/2009

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By the way your not a bad mom at all. I know tons of WONDERFUL mothers that had issuse with their supply. It is not your fault. The best you can do is try to work at it. You are doing the right thing, you are making sure she still has food even though you aren't the one producing it. That is the important thing.

Danae - posted on 08/28/2009

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Definately pump after you nurse, it will tell your body that you are not producing enough. You can feed her, then give her a bottle, but make sure to pump or else that is as much as you will produce. Its all supply and demand... or should I say demand and then supply :-)

Erin - posted on 08/28/2009

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I had cracked nipples with my first son. He HATED the texture of the lanolin. I had help getting up a little higher which helped with the pulling on my nipples. Also, look into nipple shields. It will keep your nipples from having so much stress so they can heal, but you'll be able to breastfeed your daughter. Hang in there. It does get easier.

Courtney - posted on 08/28/2009

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Make sure to put lanolin on after every nursing session to help the cracking. Nursing doesn't work out for everyone. But pumping for 10 min each side at least once a day in addition to nursing, drinking lots of water, cut out caffine, and fenugreek (pill), Juice some fennel, and a yummy tea called Mother's Milk all helped my supply increase when I was running low.

Amanda - posted on 08/28/2009

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make sure that you are offering her the breast first, before the formula.

To increase milk, mothers milk tea, I found it in the organic section at Krogers, personally I did not like the taste so I doctored it a little, I sweetened it, and put some lemon in it. I noticed an increase when I drank about two cups a day but that can vary from person to person.

Fenugreek- can be found at health food stores, I have not tried this yet but I plan to as soon as I can get to the store and get some. This is a supplement in pill form, completely safe [I got all these suggestions from my lactation consultant] fenugreek also varies from person to person on how much you need to take so experiment with it.

if you have a pump, pump until you run out of milk then pump for two more minutes

if you have a pump and lots of extra time [lol] pump for 10 minutes once an hour for 6 hours in a row.

drink lots of water.

offer her the breast more often, breast milk is supply and demand so if your body is getting the signal to feed more often it will begin to produce more milk, plus you cant overfeed a breast fed baby.

Yen - posted on 08/28/2009

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Only way to truly increase milk production is to keep nursing her. Your milk works on supply and demand. The more you feed her, the more milk you'll make. Hang in there!!

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