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January 13th, 2011, 12:35 PM
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Okay laides. Here is the situation. Mia is almost 9 months old. Been nursing since day one with no issues. I also nurse Bree (2) but am pretty careful about when I nurse her. Usually I have Bree wait till AFTER Mia has been nursed so that Mia isn't missing out on milk she NEEDS.
Mia never really did baby foods, she didn't like them. Also, since I'm a SAHM, I never really pumped as I've never been away from her long enough for her to need to eat without me...so she's never done bottles.

On New Years Day, I got sick with a fever, and crazy sinus issues. My sister, who is a labor and delivery nurse, said it was okay to take sudafed (sp?) I did take it for about three days. It didn't work for me, so I stopped. Went to the doc around the 3rd of Jan and he said I had bronchitis and prescribed me an antibiotic. I told him I was nursing and he said it was safe. About two days into the antiobiotic I noticed my milk supply seemed to be very low. Mia began latching on, sucking vigorously then pulling off and crying. Then she repeats this process. Latch, cry, pull off, cry, latch, cry, pull off, cry. But if I go to put my shirt down, she goes crazy hysterical, like she's still hungry.
I stopped the antibiotic right away in case that was the culprit. But my supply still hasn't improved. And Mia is still acting hungry. I tried to supplement with formula but she won't take the bottle. I have increased her table foods so that she is getting enough to eat and now she eats tons of table foods which is good on one hand but only adds more confusion to the milk issue. Now its tough to say if she's just full from the table food when she does the latch, cry, pull away bit or if she is frusterated about the lack of milk.

I have made sure to wake her in the middle of the night for an extra nursing to make sure she's getting enough and the MOTN nursing goes more smoothly...not sure why...
Anyhow,here's the other issue. I became worried about wether she is getting enough. She does have wet diapers but no where near as many as she used to have. Now she could stay in the same diaper all day if I'd let her and it WOULD be wet but a few weeks ago, she'd have wet through to her clothing if I let that happen...anyhow, I weighed myself and then weighed myself again holding her and according to the scale she's only 14 pounds....and I keep thinking, surely that CAN'T be right. She was that back in September. She doesn't look thin or underfed. She looks fine to me. Maybe that's just an inaccurate way of weighing? I hope....
I made an appointment with the ped tomorrow at 11:00 so I guess we'll see then. Also the nurse told me never to take sudefed when nursing becuase its job is to dry up secretions and that includes breast milk. But I've been off it for over a week now. Surely the milk would have returned right?
Any advice ladies? I am pushing fluids for myself. the only other "Evidence" is that I did start cutting back my calories, but not to a super low level...I am still eating plenty, I've just traded out junk for healthy stuff. Like usually yogurt for breakfast, a whole weat sandwhich or wrap for lunch and then chicken, rice, veggies or a chicken salad, or maybe turkey chilli for dinner. Normal stuff. If I snack then I try to make it a piece of fruit or some veggies. I think I'm still eating plenty....
Sorry this is so long girls, I'm really at a loss. I am horrified to think that all along my baby may not have been getting enough...thanks so much for any imput.
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January 13th, 2011, 12:58 PM
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I dont have any advice, because I don't breastfeed, but I wanted to give you *hugs* and tell you I hope that it gets better for you and mia..

also, are there natural lactation supplements without side effects you could try? IF thats the problem? Let us know what the doc says!
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January 13th, 2011, 03:56 PM
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Oooh, this is a tough one! My doc told me that Sudafed would dry me up so I've never tried that before because I'm overly paranoid about my milk supply.

You could try posting on the bf'ing board...those ladies are usually pretty helpful. Otherwise, I would say keep doing what your doing with the water and nutrition and keep her on the boob as much as you can!

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January 13th, 2011, 04:00 PM
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Shan- I am a bit irritated because I asked my sister over and over are you sure its okay. Really, I know I have no one to blame but myself as I KNEW I should have emailed my midwife and asked her first. I will never take anything like that again!
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January 13th, 2011, 04:03 PM
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Shan- I am a bit irritated because I asked my sister over and over are you sure its okay. Really, I know I have no one to blame but myself as I KNEW I should have emailed my midwife and asked her first. I will never take anything like that again!

UGH. How frustrating!! Can you call your midwife and ask her for some pointers?
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January 13th, 2011, 04:08 PM
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I can only point you towards the BF board. They are super nice. Good luck and keep offering the boob.
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January 13th, 2011, 07:08 PM
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Definitely try the BFing board! I was told that Sudafed can dry up your supply by my midwives. I would definitely continue fluids and maybe try the 3 day nursing thing on the BF board. Basically you are with Mia for 3 days nursing as constantly as you can to boost your supply back up. Here's the link: Nursing sabbatical (The 3 Day Nursing Sabbatical)
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January 13th, 2011, 07:14 PM
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I was going to suggest the nursing sabbatical that Shelley linked to. I bet the sudafed was the culprit. Drink tons of water, eat old fashioned oatmeal (not instant or quick), and nurse nonstop. You may even be able to try the power pumping from the pumping board here. I hope you can get it back!
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January 13th, 2011, 08:07 PM
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As soon as I read that you took sudafed I literally gasped. Sudafed is a big big no no while nursing. Anything that dries your sinus up will also dry your milk up as it operates on the same principle.

Nurse like mad, don't do any supplements for a few days. If you are comfortable with it, wear her like crazy with as much skin to skin contact and let your other child nurse as often as she would like too. She will help to re-encourage your supply
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January 13th, 2011, 08:08 PM
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Oh no! The others have suggested everything I would. I've had an AWFUL headcold for a week now and have been terrified to take anything for fear of my supply drying up. I got some antibiotics today so hopefully that will do the trick. I took the same thing last summer and my supply was okay, so hopefully it won't do anything this time. I really hope you can figure out what's up and get your supply back up!!
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January 13th, 2011, 09:48 PM
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Does she have a tooth yet? I mean i know it doesn't account for the supply issues but I just wondered whether she's latching on, crying, pulling off, because her gums are really sore??
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January 13th, 2011, 09:53 PM
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It could be that Lenore! She doesn't have any teeth yet. There is one that looks to be on the horizon. It's looked that way for a couple weeks now...hmmm...maybe. Is that a common thing, for babies to act that way due to sore gums?
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January 13th, 2011, 10:03 PM
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Teething is a possibility! That is a normal reaction. The sucking hurts their gums.
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January 14th, 2011, 07:02 AM
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I hope that nursing gets back to normal quickly!
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