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breastfeeding help please!!!!!! Lauren Danielle91 Due March 11; Biloxi, Mississippi 70 posts
30th Mar '13

I had my precious baby boy march 14 and he was 7lb 7 oz. Two days after being discharged from the hospital (2 days after he was born) we were told to come back to see the lactation consultant just to make sure everything looked good, he had a 14% weight loss :( I wanted to breastfeed but he wasn't latching on right so she had me supp with formula. Long story short he gained back his weight plus some so she said I could return to breastfeeding but my milk supply is now SO low it's almost completely gone, at first when I was pumping I was getting 3 oz from each breast...now hardly anything. I just bought mothers milk tea and fenugreek...anyone have an experience with this? Is it too late? I really do not want to use formula at all and want to work my way to solely breastfeeding.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 21891 posts
30th Mar '13

It's not too late. Let him nurse constantly if he will. Lay in bed with him and just have a nursing day. It will take about 3 days for a noticeable increase.

Sofie+#2 Due March 18; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7450 posts
30th Mar '13

Firstly, don't take pumping as an indicator of your supply.



Secondly, you need to work on getting baby to the breast at every feeding. Have loads and loads of skin to skin contact, have a 'nursing weekend' - stay in bed topless with baby in just a diaper and just encourage feeding as much as you can.
Keep taking the fenugreek, and give smaller amounts of formula. If baby is suckling and getting milk out, then cut the formula totally.
Don't be discouraged if he nurses ALL. THE. TIME. Your supply will have taken a slight hit if you've been supplementing, and the best way to get it back up is for baby to suckle, because it's supply and demand.



We have a BFing thread in the Parents with Infants forum, feel absolutely free to post in there whenever you need advice/to vent/support. There are some very knowledgable ladies in there, including some who had rough starts like yours.



Make sure you keep hydrated yourself, and fed. It is going to be hard work but it will get easier, I promise.

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
30th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lauren Danielle91:</b>" I had my precious baby boy march 14 and he was 7lb 7 oz. Two days after being discharged from the hospital ... [snip!] ... with this? Is it too late? I really do not want to use formula at all and want to work my way to solely breastfeeding. "</blockquote>




Formula = supply killer



That LC is an idiot!!!



The best solution for low supply is to STOP formula and nurse on demand and keep baby on the breast as much as you can. Pump also between feedings and eat lots of oatmeal and drink tons of water

Lauren Danielle91 Due March 11; Biloxi, Mississippi 70 posts
30th Mar '13

Thank you all so much!! I will for sure keep all of this in mind! Yea my LC was VERY discouraging and at our first appt when he had lost the weight she spoke to me like I was not taking care of my baby.

Sofie+#2 Due March 18; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7450 posts
30th Mar '13
Quoting Lauren Danielle91:" Thank you all so much!! I will for sure keep all of this in mind! Yea my LC was VERY discouraging and ... [snip!] ... was VERY discouraging and at our first appt when he had lost the weight she spoke to me like I was not taking care of my baby. "


I don't get why people like that become LCs.
My daughter lost 9.6% of her BW, they said if it got up to 10% we'd have to go back to hospital. Nobody ever mentioned formula though. She gained it back by day 12!

Dana +4 4 kids; Ontario 951 posts
30th Mar '13

I stopped pumping completely with my second baby. A week later I felt soo guilty started pumping again and got my supply back by pumping a lot. But if you are wanting to breastfeed just stop FF feeding and bf all the time. You can do it!!!

user banned 2 kids; Hamilton, Ontario 19220 posts
30th Mar '13
Quoting Sofia's Mummy♥:" I don't get why people like that become LCs. My daughter lost 9.6% of her BW, they said if it got up ... [snip!] ... said if it got up to 10% we'd have to go back to hospital. Nobody ever mentioned formula though. She gained it back by day 12!"


I completely agree! ALL babies drop weight after birth, and a breastfed baby will lose more!



I breastfed my son through chemo....never supplemented and he thrived

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
30th Mar '13

My son lost 12%. He was born in the 98% for weight AND length and was down to 70% weight and 98% height by 2 weeks...wanna guess what his percentile is 4 years later? 92% height and 76% weight!



Im telling you this because they DONT say that babies can be BLOATED from the birth process (especially if you have a long labor like I did!) and when they lose that water weight, they're really just getting down to their REAL weight. SO, SOME of that weight was just WATER!



Plus, all boobie babies lose more than formula babies at first, but they can catch up with time!