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Old Jul 24th, 2017, 23:22 PM   1
Aleph
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Any mummies with no breast milk


Hi ladies

Not sure if it's the right place to post. Any mummies here with no breast milk (not little but none)?

It's my 3rd day post emergency c-section and I've zero colostrum, zero supply. Wondering if there's something wrong with my body.

Thank you



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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 22:35 PM   2
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I'm not too sure if I am able to give you the answers you want but I planned to breastfeed DS1. I ended up with an emergency section and then a pushy midwife on the ward who kept throwing this baby at my breast every hour on the hour rather than letting him and I figure it out in a calm and relaxed environment. Day 2 he just screamed constantly and I sent hubby out for a tin of formula and bottles. I had by this point, had enough as I hadn't slept in over 4 days and I just KNEW he was hungry and not getting anything from me. Boy did I hear about it! I was made to feel like I failed. I'm pretty mouthy and say what's on my mind so I told her what I thought and left 5 days later. I made a formal complaint. Determined to feed, I came home and expressed. My midwife told me to offer the breast first to try and increase supply then to top up with formula if he still needed it. In the first 3 weeks of him being home, I only ever got a full 250ml of breast milk and that took me all damn day! He was formula feed exclusively from that point on - I had too and my midwife made sure that she supported me. I had the same ward midwife with DS2 and told her if she wan't going to support me and let me and my baby sort out feeding ourselves then she should bugger off while I was still polite about it and guess what, she gave us our space. So needless to say, after DS3 she didn't push the issue and she was extremely supportive. If you are struggling to feed, trust your gut. Don't let anyone tell you what is and isn't right. This is your baby and your baby is dependent on you making the call you need to make.



 
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Old Jul 26th, 2017, 00:43 AM   3
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My experience was a bit different as I went into it happily choosing to formula feed from the start. I can say you have nothing to worry about. Just make the formula and get on with things. Don't waste this time stressing over something you have no control over.

There are some fantastic benefits to ff. No pain. No worries of mastitis or anything like that. No stress of wondering if baby is getting enough. Baby can (usually) eat more and sleep better. It's often easier for baby to eat from the bottle versus the breast. I just made up the bottle and cuddled with my son. It was lovely! And my husband could feed him, too, which meant a lot to him, also. We were able to share the first year of our son's life in a way that we wouldn't have been able to if it had been all on me.

For what it's worth, my son *knock on wood* is now a healthy, sweet as pie two-year old.

Congrats on your baby!



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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 04:08 AM   4
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If you are happy to fF then don't stress about what others think. However zero colostrum may indicate some retained placenta tissue which can cause you problems. Because it is the absence of the placenta which stimulates milk production, getting no milk CAN (but not always) mean retained placenta - it is also slightly more likely in a C-section I believe.

Have you told your concerns to your nurse/doctor?



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Old Sep 27th, 2017, 09:50 AM   5
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IGT


This post comes late , but you may have Insufficient glandular tissue (IGT). This is what i had. (yes i know low supply can be from a c-section, a bad latch, medication etc. but I wanted to share that this condition exists).
My grandmother had told me as a child that women in her family didn't produce milk, or produced very little so when mine didn't come in (very VERY little, like drips) i knew something was wrong and it wasn't that i wasn't pumping enough or my c-section. We started supplementing quickly but i kept trying to breastfeed.
I was lucky to hear of a breastfeeding doctor through our tongue tie doctor, one of like 20 in the country, that happened to be in my city. She helped me come to terms with the best i would have is a low supply and prescribed medication that actually helped me grow tissue. I successfully breastfed for 9 months- of course with supplement. I'm now expecting my second baby and am already prepping for a similar experience under her care.
Signs that you may have this condition are uneven breasts, Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, underdeveloped breasts, and family history. These aren't the only ones (see google and a good doctor/lactation specialist). Basically, for some reason during puberty your tissue didn't developed the way it should have and you don't have developed milk glands capable of producing milk. I think if this was more talked about women with this condition would feel more comfortable and less attacked about their feeding plan.

Hope this helps someone.



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Old Sep 27th, 2017, 12:25 PM   6
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I have IGT. I produced less than half an ounce from each breast.. It was very hard for me to cope with not BF but once I accepted it and saw my son was thriving it was really a blessing. I plan to FF from the start and I just hope this baby does as well as DS did on formula.

This is something completely outside of your control and I think should be supported and talked about a bit more. Some women simply cannot BF and there is nothing wrong with that. A fed baby is all that matters.



 
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Old Sep 27th, 2017, 12:55 PM   7
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Hi ladies

Not sure if it's the right place to post. Any mummies here with no breast milk (not little but none)?

It's my 3rd day post emergency c-section and I've zero colostrum, zero supply. Wondering if there's something wrong with my body.

Thank you
Also day three might still be too early for you to have your milk proper come in. My colostrum only came in the tiniest amounts and as I got more and more stressed it got less and less, as stress hormones can inhibit the breasts from letting the milk/colostrum come down in to the ducts.



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Old Sep 27th, 2017, 23:12 PM   8
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Don't feel bad please. I had some milk, as in to direct feed, pumping was a fool's errand. Two months after my daughter was born we learned my milk was pretty much fat free skim variety. My daughter slept for the first time for more than 40 minutes and took a pacifier the day we started formula. I never looked back.



 
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Old Oct 27th, 2017, 12:55 PM   9
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I had this with my first. I never knew why, I never had the tender breasts etc in pregnancy. This time round I knew I was definitely going to ff and weirdly 5 days after labour my breasts went hard and my milk came in. I had a csection. I have decided to carry on formula feeding as dd flourished on it x



 
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