I had my daughter a week ago and I still haven't gotten my milk in. HELP!
I have been taking her to the boob every two hours, but thirty seconds go by and she's done trying. Her latch is great, but I wouldn't keep sucking if I get no results either! So i have to supplement with Formula. I do pump as well! Takes fifteen minutes for a wee bit of colostrum to come out. I am getting very frustrated and want to EBF. Any suggestions/advice?
It can take up to a week for milk to come in. I would for supplementing use a feeding tube and not a bottle. That way she is on the breast only and working at feeding. With the tube she will still get milk while breastfeeding even if you are getting barely anything out. You could also try taking fenugreek and blessed thistle, 3 of each 3 times per day, that sometimes will help you to produce milk. Put her on each breast once and if she needs to go on a third time then use the tube. The more you can get her on the better. Also I would suggest finding a La Leche legue in your area and going to a meetup. Then you can get help from other EBF mothers.
Oh and also have her checked for tongue tie.....if she has a tongue tie then that makes it hard for her to suck properly you may have to get a lactation consultant to check for it cause some doctors don't think it matters, and it does. You can try running your finger under her tongue and if you feel a little speed bump then probably a tongue tie, or if her tongue kinda has an S shape to it.
Another thing you can ask your doctor about if your milk doesn't come in is domperidone.
How often are you pumping? If she's not suckling much, you really need to be pumping with a good electric pump for at least 20 minutes every 2 hours in the day and every 3/4 hours at night in order to bring in your milk. I second the pp and think a supplemental nursing system (SNS) is the way to go so that you get the appropriate stimulation and she is motivated to keep sucking.
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