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I am in major need of advice. I know that every little bit of breastmilk is amazing for a child even if you have to supplement but I'm feeling my self worth plummet as I seem to have to supplement my son more and more. I am trying everything to bring my milk supply up...foods, teas, pumping, constant feedings and to no avail he seems only to be settled at night and first thing in the morning. I just want this to work without supplementing. When I know he isn't satisfied after feeding from me I cry and try again. Everyone I ask seems to say its normal and refuse to give me advice and that supplementing is my only hope. But I know that's not true! Last night he nursed from 715p until I finally broke down and gave him a 4oz bottle at 1045p. It was a breast bottle....I feel helpless if I can't even feed him what good am I?
Have you read the sticky on the nursing sabbatical? The more your baby is at breast, the more milk you will make. So if you supplement, do so at the breast using an SNS or something similar. If they take a pacifier, stop the pacifier for now, and let the only sucking happen at the breast. Also, do you have a pump? there is a sticky here or on the pumping board about power pumping to stimulate the breast milk as well.
How much water are you drinking? Are you pumping to make up for every time you supplement?
Hang in there! I would also try to find a LC or La Leche League to gets some hands on help and someone to get a good look at the baby, look at the latch, make sure not a tongue tie, etc.
I hope you are ok. dont feel bad on yourself! you are doing a great job!!!!! How do you know he isnt satisfied when he has finished a feed from you? My DD used to cry a lot and I always assumed it was milk she wanted but looking back I think she just wanted to suck. All babies need to suck. I thought dummies were a real 'no no' but it turns out they are not, and I wish I had offered my DD one early. As it was, It was too late when I tried, she was too used to the boob so wouldnt settle with a dummy. Good luck x