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So if you are not on facebook, here is the latest update. I met with an LC last night to try and see if there is anything I can do to increase my supply and make sure what I am experiencing IS low supply and not me overreacting or just thinking I'm not producing enough.
So update from the LC - apparently I am an "enigma" - her words exactly. We weighed Julia and then I nursed her for 20 minutes from each side. LC was pleased with the latch and her suck and saw no mechanical problems. We weighed her after she nursed and she had taken in 1 ounce. 1 measly ounce. I had a feeling I just wasn't producing and I was right. Literally 2 minutes after being on the boob she was screaming and rooting so I gave her a bottle. The LC called another LC to see if she was missing anything and both told me that they don't have any other suggestions since I am pumping to empty my breasts, taking fenugreek, reglan and other supplements and nursing. Both agreed that they do not know why I am not producing when I am doing all these things. Especially since my supply has not increased at all from birth even with all these interventions. She did suggest giving Julia a break and pumping for a few of the nursing sessions because perhaps she doesn't have the strength to really empty my breast. They both agreed that supplementing is okay at this point because I simply am not producing. I got my thyroid checked on Monday and am waiting those results to see if that is the problem. In the meantime I am going to nurse and pump and supplement like I have been doing. I figure some BM is better than none at all. I will admit it is hard to accept that my body will not cooperate and I am one of those people in the 1% that legitimately does not produce enough milk.
**HUGS!!** I'm sorry you're dealing with all of this. You really have done everything you can to make it work. My best friend is also an "enigma" and has had the same problems twice. She does EVERYTHING she possibly can to boost her supply and still has to supplement. But her kids, AND YOUR KIDS, are happy and healthy and loved. And THAT'S what matters most!!
Laura- I had success with a med called Reglan (I think that's the spelling). Mia was a bit older but I had some sudden, unexpected supply issues and she wasn't gaining (she was an older baby when this happened). Anyhow, I went to talk to my midwife about Reglan- it's meant for the treatment of something else, but it increases milk supply in lots of women. I took it and presto- within 48 hours I woke up with big leaky breasts again. Some women do experience depression from it but I did not. I didn't take it for very long though....just enough to boost my supply and keep it up for a little bit....
I understand where you're coming from.I went through the same thing with Didi and know how hard and frustrating it is to work so hard at something that should be natural, and still not be able to do it. You're right though, some BM is better than none at all and you are doing an incredible job trying to get your supply to catch up to her needs. I really hope things work themselves out soon. Sending lots of love and support your way hun!!! Keep up the amazing work momma!