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So I EP'd with my oldest daughter for 10 months. I made a ton of milk.....probably around 60oz a day. When bf'ing quickly went downhill with Lilah thanks to thrush on my nipples, I decided to ep for her too. With Lexy, I did it from probably day 3. Lilah nursed exclusively for over a week, so I just fed her on demand. My supply absolutely SUCKS now, and I can't get it to go up. I'm pumping 8 times a day (using a double pump....medela pump in style), two of those are in the night. I'm drinking a lot of water, eating oatmeal, and 2 days ago I started domperidone......NO change. I pump 1oz per breast per session.....wheras I used to pump 3 and 4oz per breast with my first daughter.
I dont get what is going on. My supply will not budge. I'm soooooo close to quitting, which is awful and heartbreaking because BFing was going soooo well until the thrush. I just dont get why my supply wont move.
My supply was like that too. When I pumped I was only getting 1 ounce per breast. I dont know exactly what increased my supply but I drank Mothers Maid Milk Tea and drank alot of water. I was waking up engored and wanting to wake the baby to get some relief. I would say give it a few days and keep pumping consistantly at the same times to allow your body to get use to the new changes.
I wonder if Lilah wasn't as an effective nurser as Lexy and therefore your supply was "told" to produce less and it will just take a little while for it to get the idea it needs to be more plentiful? (Possibly not it at all, but was offering a potential scenario).
But I have heard of Fengreek helping too. I have also heard of power pumping, which basically simulates a growth spurt. It is where you pump for 10 minutes, take 20 minutes off, pump again for 10 minutes, take 20 off, and pump a third time for 10 minutes...a couple times a day in places of one bigger pumping session. It worked for a friend of mine who was struggling with low EP supply.
Thanks girls. Tonight I think I've made the decision to just be done. I have had nothing but problems with BF'ing yet again. I'm exhausted and stressed out, and I feel horrible guilt, but I think I'm going to stop pumping. Today my left nipple started bleeding badly out of nowhere, to the point where the milk was pink. I know you can feed your baby milk with blood in it, but I was disgusted and I dumped it out. It just seems that anything that can go wrong, is going wrong. My breasts are so sore, my nipples are so sore, and I just can't do this anymore. She's not even 2 weeks old, and the thought of feeding her something "artificial" makes me feel awful........but at the same time, I'm getting nowhere with pumping, my supply just sucks, and nursing is out of the question at this point.
I'm sorry Erin. At the same time, I'm sure your little girl will be just fine on formula. Still, I understand---I'm thinking about doing exclusive FF and it's such a hard decision to make. You really gave it your best!