i went to my lactation consultant today and got my latch fixed. in the process though, i found out i have a low supply and he isnt getting enough milk (probably from the poor latch we had going on). now im taking fenugreek, eating oats, feeding him more often-every 2 hrs, and pumping after feeds for 15 mins on each side as she prescribed.
my question is if im supposed to feed him every 2 hours and it takes him 45 mins to an hour to eat from both sides (he falls asleep a lot and i have to wake him), and then i pump each side for 15 mins each, that leaves about 30-45 mins before i need to wake him up and feed again. is there gonna be any milk back in there by then for him to eat??? it doesnt make sense to me that it can build back that quick when its low already.
Your breasts actually never run out, do just keep nursing, nursing, nursing. LO is much more efficient at extracting the milk from the breast than the pump so don't worry if you don't pump much after a feed, they aren't empty.
You're doing well. I had low supply too do I know how stressful it can be, but it is possible to work through. You're doing a great job!
mrs_park is right. your breasts are never empty, but baby can drain them until the flow is really slow.
I wouldnt bother with the pump if you are feeding him every two hours. Make sure you have lots of skin to skin and let him comfort suck when he wants. If youve been using a dummy, stop using it, and offer him breast instead.
mrs park- thank you! its so confusing starting out. the lactation lady today told me i wouldnt get much if anything out and not to worry about that, but she didnt explain that it keeps being made. i was so upset that he isnt getting enough i didnt think to ask. i think i got about 1/2 ounce total from both sides, but figured the point was to stimulate for more milk and not to pump a certain amount. after i got home and got started i was thinking, how will he ever get any milk if its constantly drained? that makes perfect sense that its continually made
thank you melly! i just told my DH tonight either i needed to keep pumping but feed every 3 hours, or stop pumping altogether and feed every 2-2.5 hrs. it just seems like i should do one or the other and feeding more frequently makes more sense than pumping
If your getting 1/2 an ounce, it's better than nothing I would pump and pump snd literally only get a drop out, it was so discouraging!
I was told to pump at the end of each feed as well but tbh, I ended up stopping as I found it was taking so long for such little yield.
You will get there! Also I know it's probably easier said than done, but try to get as much rest as possible. Your body releases a milk producing hormone while you sleep (prolactin I think, but don't quote me lol). I really found that sleep was key to my milk supply issues
Any opinions, advice, statements or other information expressed or made available on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com by users or third parties, including but not limited to bloggers, are solely those of the respective user or other third party. They do not reflect the opinions of BabyandBump.Momtastic.com and they have not been reviewed by a physician, psychologist or parenting expert or any member of the BabyandBump.Momtastic.com staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com are not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com. BabyandBump.Momtastic.com does not endorse any opinion, advice, statement, product, service or treatment made available on the website. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately.