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I thought maybe I was going to escape them since Aubrey is almost a week old but today has been pretty bad. I am also upset that DH is going back to work tomorrow and it has been wonderful to have him here.
Breastfeeding was a total flop for me and I am still really bummed about it. I tried everything and could not get her to latch and if she did barely latch it was just to hold my nipple in her mouth like a pacifier. I then tried pumping and by yesterday I pumped and pumped and I got maybe 4 drops out of one breast and nothing out of the other. I wasn't able to BF with my last DD but that was 10 years ago and having the baby with my new husband was a totally wonderful experience (compared to my last who never lifted a finger or even changed 1 diaper) so I thought the calmness of my new baby life would stimulate it. I know some people just don't produce the milk, but I didn't want to be one of them. And reading other posts about moms pumping ounces upon ounces and feeding from the breast didn't help much either.
My DH took the older girls to the pool just now for an hour and I find myself mad at them for being able to do something other than feed the baby, burp the baby, change the baby and stay up with her at night (she is a terrible night crank). I just know tomorrow will be filled with tears and sadness while he is at work.
I know this will pass, just hope it is very soon. Thanks for letting me vent. It is nice to read other postings and not feel like it is just me who is being emotional right now.
How long did you pump for? I mean, how often and for how long? How many days?
When I had Rowan you could count how much I could produce by the drop. Now I am pumping ounces. I also found taking fenugreek tablets (3 tablets 3 times a day), drinking mother's milk tea (2 cups a day), and eating 2T of milled flax seed (mixed in with yogurt, cereal, ice cream, etc) really made a difference.
Pumping a few drops is still really good when first starting. It means you're producing.
How to address the suck issue, I don't know. We're struggling pretty hard with that right now as well.
'Scuse the bad typing, please. 'Breast is Best' but not when browsing the internet!
I'm really sorry you are struggling with emotions right now! I can relate to the stress of your DH returning to work and being left to deal with multiple kids. I was struggling today too. Breastfeeding is challenging to say the least. Don't let the output from a breast pump disappoint you- it is never as efficient as a baby, and some women aren't able to pump at all.
You might be surprised at how well you will do when DH is back at work. I was really worried but it went really well and is continuing to go well. If you want to keep nursing offer the breast before anything else. You are doing great no matter what!