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Old Jan 18th, 2010, 10:57 AM   31
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I really wish i had found this thread earlier. I too was emergency sectioned and couldn't feed my LO directly from the breast. That on top of not having a natural birth really upset me so i was determined to pump exclusively. In the hospital i really wanted to use my pump but the nurses kept insisting i perservere with the attempts to make the LO latch on when all it was doing was distressing us both and making the LO afraid of feeding. The nurses even tried him with formula before i got to use the pump! I finally got to use it and began feeding that way but i feel like i haven't had very much support at all. My LO is now 12 weeks old and i'm having to combination feed because i'm just so drained. All i get from the health visitor is, "have you tried him on the breast again?". It's really demoralising and i now feel lke a total failure because i'm having to give him around 2 formula feeds a day. My milk supply has dwindled a bit because i had to stop pumping through the night as i was reaching the point of exhaustion. Is there any way to get the supply going again so as that i don't have to use any formula at all? Giving him the best is the most important thing to me, i just wish i was able to pump through the night again but it was getting to the point where i had to sacrifice that in order to have the energy to devote to the LO during the day.



 
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Old Jan 19th, 2010, 12:39 PM   32
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Ask your gp for domperidone, it's great stuff for boosting your supply



 
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Old Jan 19th, 2010, 15:57 PM   33
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Hi Harmony

There are various ways of trying to increase your supply, some of which are mentioned in this thread - regular pumping, power-pumping, Fenugreek supplement, oat-based foods, etc. These are also occasionally discussed in various "low-supply" threads that appear in the BF forum area.

Me? I'm on Domperidon. I was producing around 60-70ml, six times a day, just before my baby was discharged from NICU. But around the time of discharge and during the week afterward, my supply went down to about 40ml a time, and I started using up all my frozen supplies. The prescription Domperidon has reinstated my supply, and I'm now up to 100ml x 6 - which doesn't sound much, but my babby was premmie and is still tiny, it's all he needs! I've got NutriPrem2 formula on standby in case his appetite increases (but I've also got 1.5l in the freezer).

I was trying him on the breast once a day, but he never did latch properly. I was fortunate to be supported by the Outreach Midwives, and now by my HV, in my determination to keep babby on as much EBM as possible. They weren't so bothered about me breastfeeding, just about him getting the milk. Probably slightly different circumstances given that he was in NICU for 11 weeks.

With regards to your overnight tiredness, can your OH help at all? We have a good set-up here whereby OH does the bottlefeed, whilst I pump, both in the same room. We have some quite good conversations at the time (instead of staring at the tv), and it makes him feel part of the process. It does mean that we're out of bed for about 20-30 minutes in the middle of the night.



 
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Old Jan 19th, 2010, 15:57 PM   34
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Hi Harmony

There are various ways of trying to increase your supply, some of which are mentioned in this thread - regular pumping, power-pumping, Fenugreek supplement, oat-based foods, etc. These are also occasionally discussed in various "low-supply" threads that appear in the BF forum area.

Me? I'm on Domperidon. I was producing around 60-70ml, six times a day, just before my baby was discharged from NICU. But around the time of discharge and during the week afterward, my supply went down to about 40ml a time, and I started using up all my frozen supplies. The prescription Domperidon has reinstated my supply, and I'm now up to 100ml x 6 - which doesn't sound much, but my babby was premmie and is still tiny, it's all he needs! I've got NutriPrem2 formula on standby in case his appetite increases (but I've also got 1.5l in the freezer).

I was trying him on the breast once a day, but he never did latch properly. I was fortunate to be supported by the Outreach Midwives, and now by my HV, in my determination to keep babby on as much EBM as possible. They weren't so bothered about me breastfeeding, just about him getting the milk. Probably slightly different circumstances given that he was in NICU for 11 weeks.

With regards to your overnight tiredness, can your OH help at all? We have a good set-up here whereby OH does the bottlefeed, whilst I pump, both in the same room. We have some quite good conversations at the time (instead of staring at the tv), and it makes him feel part of the process. It does mean that we're out of bed for about 20-30 minutes in the middle of the night.



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2010, 10:49 AM   35
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Thank you so much for the advice, ladies. I'm going to get an appointment with the doctor and see if i can get a prescription. I'm getting roughly 100ml every 3 hours but when my LO is guzzling 180 plus and waking every 3 to 4hours in the night for feeds it just doesn't stretch. I do get around 300ml first thing in the morning though which gives me roughly two feeds to start with. It'd just be good to have some spare to refridgerate so i didn't have to supplement with formula. As for the OH helping in the night, he is a gem but sleep the sleep of the dead! Murphy could be screaming his head off and he wouldn't hear so that's a non-starter methinks. Maybe i'll just shake him roughly until he wakes !!



 
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Old Jan 29th, 2010, 13:35 PM   36
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This is such an interesting thread. I pumped for my earliest baby and had to pump for 8 months!



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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 02:49 AM   37
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I just wanted to say thank you so much for the tips, ladies. I started taking fenugreek a few days ago now and it's really makng a difference! I'm also trying to eat porridge in the morning too, every little helps ! Here's hoping we're back on track again. Thanks again for the advice and support xx



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2010, 19:36 PM   38
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wow im so glad i read this. I guess iv done a few things wrong i stopped pumping when milk stopped coming out i didnt know i should keep pumping no wonder my supply isnt increasing!

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Old Feb 22nd, 2010, 07:36 AM   39
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I've learned lots from this thread. Thanks



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Thanks so much for this thread, I've learned loads from it



 
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