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Sigh, all the books talk about how this is a natural process...what I need is a trouble shooting guide! I talked to a lactation consultant on Friday. She said that my baby has real latch issues. She holds her tongue wrong, which is why my nipples where scabbed and bleeding by day 2. She told me to pump every 3 hours for 20 minutes and to come back Monday. I came back today after following her recommendations but there is still no change in how much I can pump. I produce less than a quarter of an ounce of what looks like watery skim milk. She told me that Kate will need a nipple shield to nurse properly, but until my milk comes in, she can't show me how to use it. She told me to take fenugreek (which I actually started a little over a day ago) 3 pills with each meal and to call the doctor for a prescription that may help build my milk supply. I'm still holding out hope that something I do will trigger my body to produce milk for my baby. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!
i would try to see another LC if you can. Or call your local La Leche League (free). I would also pump more than every 3 hours, at least during the day. most newborn babies nurse round the clock, not every three hours. are you using a hospital grade pump? if not, maybe you can get one thru your insurance to use for a month or something.
ALOT of insurance companies pay for pumps now!! It's "durable medical equipment" and is normally covered. Mine was paid for at 100%. It's a Medela pis advance!
Try that if u don't have a great grade pump.
I'd second the nipple shield and pumping at minimum every 2 hrs. Bare minimum every 2 hrs!!
Have you asked your dr about tongue tie? My dd had that and that's what caused her not to nurse In the beginning. Which led to us using a bottle for 9 weeks. Now she nurses great and refuses bottle. She needed her tongue clipped. The frenulum.
Jade Ja Kang
6lb 10 oz
I agree with the above advice. I have had 2 daughters with a tongue-tie and my first DD's wasn't caught until she was a few days old and she did a lot of damage to my nipples.
I also don't understand why you couldn't start using the nipple shield? I have never heard that you have to wait for your milk to come in to use one. I used one starting on day 2 (with the DD with a tongue-tie) without a problem. Basically, you just put it on your nipple and let your baby latch on using it.
I produce less than a quarter of an ounce of what looks like watery skim milk.
That sounds like milk to me, or you are at least transitioning from colostrum to milk, that's a good sign!
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)