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Old Jun 7th, 2017, 06:09 AM   11
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I really hope it does the trick for you and agrees with LO's tummy!



 
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Old Jun 11th, 2017, 17:22 PM   12
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Well tonight I am laying here with a very unhappy baby and I am the one crying

So the fenugreek worked and it doubled my supply. From 1-2oz a day i cant believe i used to get 7-9oz a day as this is just silly! But then it trailed off again and i was getting 1.5oz. (In an entire 24hrs) so i upped the fenugreek to 5tabs 3times a day. Yet today I only got 1oz! 1 tiny little flipping oz for over an hours pumping

I am devestated as I just cany justify the time it takes for the amount I am getting so I have decided today that I will not be pumping anymore!!

And good job too......

My gorgeous girl started getting quite windy but not to bad. Then she started being very sick with every bottle of milk. I mean even over an hour later still being sick! Dr gave us gaviscon for her but the wind has gotten worse to point she screams n the reflux has gotten worse also!

Only today do I realise...... It is the flipping fenugreek!! And shes only having couple of oz of bm a day so dread to think how bad she would be if I had gotten more of a supply!!!

In trying to take something to improve my supply to stop me feeling like I have failed my daughter I have actually been giving her something that has been making her ill!!

To say I feel like a rottern mother right now is an understatement so i cant produce the milk for her and i have been making her have wind and reflux too

I have said i am going to stop but i still just dont feel ready to stop. Its crazy. Im getting nothing so its pointless so why cant my brain n heart just accept that I can no longer pump?????



 
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 00:44 AM   13
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don't beat yourself up. As parents we make the best choice we can with the information we have. Sometimes that choice turns out to be not the best thing. But you haven't failed her. You won't be failing her if you stop the supplement and go back to just pumping her out an oz or so and you won't be failing her to switch to 100% formula. You are doing a great job, Mama. Don't forget that!



 
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 06:46 AM   14
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HUGE HUGE wtb!! Trust me, I know exactly how you feel. It's an awful feeling! I've been exactly where you are and I don't wish that on anyone. Try to breathe and remember you're doing everything you can and that's all anyone can do. It isn't our fault our bodies don't do what they're supposed to and what most women seem to find easy. Fenugreek left me in the same spot, though I didn't take it long enough to see if my milk supply decreased. I noticed the gassiness in DD right away and that was the only thing that had changed. I wonder now if there was a connection between taking the fenugreek and DD's reflux, too... I guess we'll never know.

BUT I'd suggest you give moringa a try. It seems to work wonders for a lot of women, specifically those that haven't had success with fenugreek. I know if you're anything like me (based on how you're feeling, I'd say you are), you'll try anything to make this work. For me moringa was the next step. I found it on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'd start out taking 2 pills 3x a day and see how it goes. A smaller dose wasn't enough for me to notice a difference and a higher dose gave DD and I diarrhea. Best of luck and try to keep your chin up, dear! I know it's so very heartbreaking. And know that if it doesn't ever work out to have DD exclusively on breastmilk, you will eventually come to terms with it and you won't cry every time she needs formula, I promise. It took months, but I've finally gotten there.



 
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 06:57 AM   15
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I am sorry the fenugreek did not work out. It causes me gas, but I haven't seen any impact on my baby. Every baby is different.

I know how you are feeling. My dd ebf until she about 6 months (when she got teeth). We started going through nursing strikes and I had to give bottles. Pumping is not easy and it is harder to get enough milk for the next meal. I am exclusively pumping now and my supply has tanked some days (especially if I don't drink enough water). I was devastated like you and beat myself up over it, but if I have to supplement formula I will. A fed baby is best no matter how you feed them.



 
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 07:38 AM   16
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Found this... "Moms who work outside the home and pump their milk sometimes find, after a few weeks or months, that pumping produces less and less milk. Their milk supply is indeed dwindling, and the culprit is likely to be their pump. Pumps that cycle at a lower speed than a baby nurses (fewer than 60 cycles per minute) and are used more than twice a day may cause your milk supply to gradually become mismatched to your baby's needs, and produce less milk than your baby wants. A hospital-grade electric pump will fix the problem, and can be rented from a lactation consultant or hospital pharmacy."

Perhaps rent a hospital grade pump and see what happens?

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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 08:07 AM   17
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Found this... "Moms who work outside the home and pump their milk sometimes find, after a few weeks or months, that pumping produces less and less milk. Their milk supply is indeed dwindling, and the culprit is likely to be their pump. Pumps that cycle at a lower speed than a baby nurses (fewer than 60 cycles per minute) and are used more than twice a day may cause your milk supply to gradually become mismatched to your baby's needs, and produce less milk than your baby wants. A hospital-grade electric pump will fix the problem, and can be rented from a lactation consultant or hospital pharmacy."

Perhaps rent a hospital grade pump and see what happens?

xx
This makes sense! I respond so much better to a manual pump because I can control the speed and strength of suction. I've actually been able to build my supply recently after switching from electric to manual. I find I get the same amount or more in a shorter time using my manual pump vs electric. Do you own or have you tried a manual pump?



 
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