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Old Oct 2nd, 2008, 20:23 PM   1
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Breastfeeding after a blood transfusion??


Hi,

My baby was born on Monday (29th Sept) and I needed a blood transfusion after birth. I took about 2 units and my iron was down to 7. I really wanted to breastfeed my baby and tried to do so for 2 days in hospital, but he was getting more and more hysterical every time I put him on the breast and spent a whole night just screaming until 5am when I finally gave in and gave him some formula. As soon as he was put on the bottle he was a completely different baby so I was worried there was something wrong with my breasts.

I tried hand expressing in hospital with the help of a midwife, and we could get nothing out. I decided to give him formula and then express my milk when I got home so I could attempt to bottle feed him that. However, since getting home I've been unable to get a drop of colostrum out of my nipples and have given him formula.

The midwife came today and said that it's unusual but it can happen that some women just don't produce milk, particularly after a traumatic birth when their body is run down. She also said if my milk isn't in by Saturday then it might not ever come at all. At the moment my breasts feel exactly as they did before I was pregnant, they are not any bigger or harder.

Basically I just wanted to know if there is anyone who has had this problem and what happened, whether their milk actually did come in the end or whether it never will?

Thanks a lot,

Jackie x



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Old Oct 2nd, 2008, 21:00 PM   2
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I have not, but wanted to wish you lots of luck!

www.kellymom.com is a great website for BFing.



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Old Oct 2nd, 2008, 21:09 PM   3
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Good luck hun! You can always attempt to try seeing if you can get your milk supply up... Have you tried getting him to suckle or feed off you? Your LO is only 4 days old so there is no harm in trying, you may be able to start.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2008, 02:09 AM   4
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Thanks for your messages. He was trying to feed from me for 2 days which is when he was becoming very upset, it got to the point that he would cry on the breast. I spent one of my nights in hospital where he was crying from about 10pm to 5am, the midwives took him from me to settle him and they couldn't, the only thing that helped was the formula, which made me think that he wasn't feeding properly. The expressing came after these 2 days of trying to feed him.

I thought that I would at least have colostrum by now, even if my milk is delayed, but there is nothing at all. I am intending to keep trying with the breast pump but it is quite disheartening when you pump for ages and literally dont get a drop x



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Old Oct 3rd, 2008, 04:26 AM   5
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My breasts felt no different for the first few days either. I think it was the morning of day 5 that I woke up and my milk had come in - they were suddenly massive and like rocks! I would definitely have had enough to express, so yours might still come in in the next couple of days (most mums will have trouble getting much before then though). Good luck

And congratulations! x



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2008, 15:13 PM   6
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me! that was me!

pm me, i'll tell you what happened..

bf bubs now and i'll forget to check this thread later...hugs



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 10:08 AM   7
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Sorry you had such a traumatic birth sweetie


Last Christmas Day my sister had her baby and suffered severe bleeding afterbirth, she was transferred to theatre and had an emergency removal of her placenta and a d&c which worked thank goodness.

She is only 19 and was very shaken up from the whole experience not to mention all the blood she had to have but somehow she managed to breastfeed successfully and has only just stopped last month.

It's not unusual to struggle to express milk the 1st few times of trying, especially such a short time after birth. Try expressing while you're relaxed in the bath or just after. I couldn't relax enough to express if anyone else was around so maybe ask hubby to take baby for a walk and look at a photo of baby to encourage milk flow while your doing it.

Ask your midwife if she can refer you to a local lactation consultant asap as she will have so much more to offer you and hopefully help you to breastfeed successfully.


Good luck babe



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 12:44 PM   8
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Thanks for your messages, I have managed to express some colostrum for the first time, still definitely not enough to keep him satisfied but I'm getting more hopeful that my milk will come in eventually! At the moment I am giving him my colostrum then giving him some formula to make sure he gets enough. I'm hoping if/when my milk comes in that I will be able to stop the formula and just breast feed. At the moment I'm happy knowing that he is getting at least some of the benefits, I just wish I could give him all the feeds by myself x



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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 18:17 PM   9
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Good luck babe



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2008, 18:26 PM   10
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i think that midwife should be re-educated, every woman has the ability to breastfeed, how does she reckon we did it in the stoneage??? just keep at it, i swear it will get easier to bf its just a matter of time before the hormones kick in and u start producing milk at a phenominal rate



 
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