breast feeding

Kimberley - posted on 09/28/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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hi everyone, was just woundering if any could help?
i didnt get to breast feed my first child as i was so ill, i want to give it a go this time though but my milk still hasnt come thorugh properly, last time my milk dried up after 2days of giving birth. i have tried expressing but it takes me about half an hour and all i get is half an oz out of BOTH breast!!!! then i cant do it for about 3days as there is NO milk. please help as i really want to breast feed.

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Brandy - posted on 09/28/2009

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I thought the same thing because when expressing I only got a half ounce as well but that has nothing to do with your milk supply! Believe me, I breastfed my daughter for 8 months even though I could only express a half ounce. It just means that that's all you can express because your body would rather feed the baby directly than through expression. As long as she is having a few heavy wet diapers a day and I think 2 poops a day (maybe look it up as its been a while) than she is getting enough. Don't worry, your body is doing what it is supposed to! Sometimes it just feels like there isn't much there.

Marissa - posted on 09/28/2009

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whatever you do talk to your doc...there are pills they can give you that can increase the supply. nurse as often as possible because it releases more milk than pumps do. What kind of pump do you have? Also try pumping every 1.5 to 2 hours beause the more you do it the more you should produce...drink plenty of water, eat well, and don't drink caffeine :) please message me if you have any more questions...I nursed both of mine. With my oldest I stopped at about 5 months because of a medicine and my baby weaned himself around 8months. Hopefully things pick up! good luck :)

September - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting kimberley:

i only pumped for 15mins on each breast but all i got was half an oz all together. i stopped pumping when there was no milk comeing out. thank you for your advice and i wont give up just yet. lol. i have got some books just getting time to read them.



Oh well good! It sounds like you know what you're doing :) Like I said I highly recommend working with a lactation specialist after giving birth. I did and it was very helpful! Good luck :)

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How old is your baby? It is normal for the milk to take a few days to come in - I think mine came in on the third or fourth day. Before that, it seemed like there was nothing at all. But baby really only needs a little bit of colostrum in those first days. The best thing you can do to maintain breastfeeding is to put the baby to the breast as frequently possible. It is all about supply and demand!

Kimberley - posted on 09/28/2009

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i only pumped for 15mins on each breast but all i got was half an oz all together. i stopped pumping when there was no milk comeing out. thank you for your advice and i wont give up just yet. lol. i have got some books just getting time to read them.

September - posted on 09/28/2009

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Good for you for wanting to try again. I wish you all the best! First off I was told by my lactation specialist that you should not pump for more then 5 minutes on one breast when there is no milk coming out. It could cause you to get an infection. I would highly suggest that you work with a lactation specialist after you give birth. There are some wonderful ones out there! Also get some books and read up before you give birth :) Good luck and best wishes!

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