Feeling Guilty

Rachel - posted on 09/03/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Before giving birth to my son, I had only intended to breastfeed him for the 6-8 weeks I was on maternity leave. However, after he was born, my husband and I decided it was easy enough for me to pump when I went back to work and that I would continue to do so until the baby was 6 months old. Well, a few days ago I went to pump, and after 15 minutes, produced a whopping 1.5 oz (vs. 6)! I have now completely dried up, and am feeling so guilty that I am no longer able to produce milk for my son!! It's funny, because like I said, it was never something I had intended to do longterm, but now that I'm not able to, I feel horrible! Is anyone else experiencing this?

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User - posted on 02/18/2010

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fenugreek is a herbal that some dr.say helps improve supply. but talk to your dr before starting this and definately do not take if preg again.

User - posted on 02/18/2010

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i almost completely dried up with my first son, but that was because i became pregnant with my second son. Something to think about!

Vegemite - posted on 01/20/2010

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oh yes with my first he had to go on formula for reflux and i felt so guilty about it for some reason it was horrible but when i saw how healthy he was on formula i got over it.

Jessica - posted on 12/26/2009

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aww, im so sorry to hear this! im a stay at home mom, so i cant speak from experience...but have had friends that this happened to when they went back to work. their dr. gave them some medication to help with milk production and that worked for a while. have you talked to your dr?

also, have you thought about letting him nurse on you? that might get your supply back?!

Samantha - posted on 09/27/2009

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i had the same kid of thing happen but i didnt completely dry up i had milk but not much at all my baby wasnt putting on weight and wanted to feed all the time i went and got a really good expresser but that still didnt seem to get much out i really struggled to put him on formula even though i know he needed to eat more i really really wanted to breast feed but i just said to myself well you have tried your best and i persisted and tries all these remedy's they have so now i need to do whats best for my baby so i went and got the most expensive formula hoping it was the best one for my baby and he has put on weight he now 10 weeks is 5 kilos and is really healthy even though i still would of loved to breast feed i know now that putting himi on formulaa has beefed him up and he is happy and healthy thats all that matters

User - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hello Rachel, I am very sorry this has happend. I haven't gone back to work yet, I go back 5 Oct, and I am so worried that the same thing is going to happen to me. Have you talked to your doctor about this, and why it did happen? I would like to know why.

Leslie - posted on 09/15/2009

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I'm not personally but one of my best friends has a daughter that was born in May. She just went back to work *she's a teacher* and she has dried up as well. She was a milk factory before going back to work.

Tiffany - posted on 09/03/2009

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with my first I intended to breastfeed her until she was 6 months. I got pregnant again a few weeks before she turned 4 months and she stopped nursing at 4 months. I felt really horrible about that because I felt it was all my fault that I couldn't produce enough for her to want to keep on nursing because of the new pregnancy. But she went on formula and she was perfectly happy and healthy. I think that after seeing her adjust so well to formula it did help with the guilt that I was feeling. It'll just take some time. Then you will see that hes growing and thriving just as well, as if he were still on breastmilk. And keep in mind you had the best intentions for him, sometimes things just don't go as we would like them too. good luck

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