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So, Julia is now 10 days old and life has been exhausting. She will latch and feed, but isn't getting enough. We saw the doc on Monday and in 5 days she had only gained an ounce. I started supplementing with some formula but it has been so very emotional and I am upset and frustrated.
It is hard because I get lots of advice, and I am taking all that advice, and yet my milk is not increasing. I take a mother's milk supplement, eat oatmeal, drink mother's tea, pump...nothing is helping.
I am going to see an LC today or tomorrow - I am waiting for her to call back to confirm a time. I also may attend a nursing support group tomorrow. I also called the doc for a prescription to see if that will help boost my supply.
Honestly, emotionally I am ready to throw in the towel. I will admit formula feeding is easier - especially in the middle of the night. But I can't seem to let myself switch until I feel like I have tried everything I can.
So hopefully the LC can help and this will work out. If not, I know Julia will be fine with formula.
On the positive note - she is just the cutest thing ever!
I'm sorry you're struggling with this so much. Bravo for all you're doing to make it work. If formula does end up being the best option in the long run, you will know that you did everything in your power to give breastfeeding the best shot you could. *HUGS*
Hugs Hun, I feel you on the utter exhaustion! Good for you for doing everything you can to keep bf-ing. I've started switching over to formula now...and I wish I had done all that you have but I'm just too tired...so I give you major kudos and hope it all works out for you!
Laura, I just want to send you big huge hugs and lots of love and support. I know how frustrating and saddening it is to feel like your body just does not want to cooperate. PM me anytime if you feel the need to vent.
huge hugs hun. I hope the LC has some advice for you
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)