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b**bs shrinking?! Sam H. 17 kids; New York 560 posts
17th May '13

I had my son on Friday! (yay he's a week old!)
From the get go, we had latching issues... in the hospital they gave me a shield bc my nipples were flat. He barely latched with that.. then it became a fight and with the shield or not, he'd be screaming bloody murder when we tried to latch him. We got home sunday and Monday we started giving him some formula bc he just cried non stop and showed signs of hunger and a paci only worked for so long. Saw the pedi on tuesday and he said keep trying but give him formula and whatever you pump. So Tuesday and Weds I was getting about 3oz a day and my b**bs went up to a D! then yesterday, I woke up and they were gone.. NO JOKE!
I fit into my pre-preg bras now, B cup, and get like .25oz every 2-3 hours...
I just want to cry.. him not latching was bad enough but now my b**bs and milk are going away?!
We still try to latch him for stimulation and I pump as much as I can and take fenugreek and drink water..
hasd this happened to anyone?!?!

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
17th May '13

Well, the cup size doesn't really mean much to be honest. How often are you pumping and for how long? Make sure you're drinking plenty of water and you want to pump every 2-3 hours for at least 15 minutes or so, even if nothign is coming out. That will signal your body to make more milk. This includes at night. The pump isn't as good as a baby to stimulate milk production, which means you really need to pump MORE than a baby would eat to keep your body producing enough. Also, what kind of pump is it? if you will be pumping long term I suggest renting a hospital grade pump.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
17th May '13

Have you talked to a lactation consultant? Giving him formula will not help your milk supply unfortunately, and fenugreek does nothing for me. I'd seek the help of a registered LC and also have your baby checked for a tongue/lip tie

Sam H. 17 kids; New York 560 posts
17th May '13

no tongue or lip tie, he has a great sucking reflex. I am trying to pump every 2-3 hours. I drink like 8 bottles of water. LC and nurses havent been helping, they keep saying to try and get him to latch for stimulation which we have.

7 blessings so far.... Due February 3; 6 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 8799 posts
17th May '13

you should really try pumping every hour if your supply is that low.....the initial inflation of the breasts is normal when the milk first comes in.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
17th May '13
Quoting Sam H.:" no tongue or lip tie, he has a great sucking reflex. I am trying to pump every 2-3 hours. I drink like ... [snip!] ... of water. LC and nurses havent been helping, they keep saying to try and get him to latch for stimulation which we have."


There isn't a ton more that can be done. I had to pump for about 3-4 months before i lost my supply with my daughter. it's hard. Some women honestly simply cannot keep up a supply with just a pump, even a good one. However, at only a week, you're still in a good place to be able to. The milk supply normally hasn't even regulated yet so you should be able to still manage. As in, at say 3 or 4 months it's much harder to try and up your supply. At a week you're still right at the start.



Are you eating enough also? You need to be eating plenty. Stress, doing too much, losing too much weight, all of these can stunt milk production as well.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
17th May '13
Quoting she nan igans:" There isn't a ton more that can be done. I had to pump for about 3-4 months before i lost my supply ... [snip!] ... You need to be eating plenty. Stress, doing too much, losing too much weight, all of these can stunt milk production as well. "


Also make sure you're resting plenty and taking your prenatals. I'd suggest laying in bed with your baby all day, skin to skin. it helps tons!!

7 blessings so far.... Due February 3; 6 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 8799 posts
17th May '13
Quoting she nan igans:" There isn't a ton more that can be done. I had to pump for about 3-4 months before i lost my supply ... [snip!] ... You need to be eating plenty. Stress, doing too much, losing too much weight, all of these can stunt milk production as well. "


totally agree w/all this ....also not taking in enough fluid can effect supply.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
17th May '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" Also make sure you're resting plenty and taking your prenatals. I'd suggest laying in bed with your baby all day, skin to skin. it helps tons!!"


Yep! I'd totally forgotten that, lol. Skin to skin is huge. It's amazing how much of nursing is actually baby dependent. Like, just seeing or hearing your baby can cause let-down. Even the smell of the baby. The skin to skin is really good because it helps tell your body that you have a baby that needs to be fed, lol.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
17th May '13
Quoting she nan igans:" Yep! I'd totally forgotten that, lol. Skin to skin is huge. It's amazing how much of nursing is actually ... [snip!] ... of the baby. The skin to skin is really good because it helps tell your body that you have a baby that needs to be fed, lol. "


We spend our weekends and most nights like this. I had supply problems from 6 months to 7 months

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
17th May '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" We spend our weekends and most nights like this. I had supply problems from 6 months to 7 months"


I did okay with my 2nd. With my first I had no choice but to pump, and that sucks. Lost my supply by 4 months or so despite all the measures that I could take.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
17th May '13
Quoting she nan igans:" I did okay with my 2nd. With my first I had no choice but to pump, and that sucks. Lost my supply by 4 months or so despite all the measures that I could take."


My first my milk dried up at 5 1/2 months because I ended up pregnant. Second time I was forced to supplement at 9 1/2 months, and quit completely at 10 months because I was young and gullible. This time, my baby is 8 months, and I'm still ebf, even after the supply issues. I ended up on Reglan which really really helped tons!