If you follow me on insta, I have already introduced you some what to this problem I have been struggling with. So here I’ll go into more depth with my situation. Now I’m only sharing this with you to help you out if you are having the same problem as me. So if it helps , well that’s fantastic, if you doesn’t keep your head up and keep trying things.
My problem started when my little guy was born. He was jaundice from being a month early. He looked it from the beginning and I literally asked the ignorant nurses the entire hospital stay about if my baby had jaundice 100 times. They kept telling me he was fine, maybe a little. But that was pretty much it. They didn’t do much of anything about it. So we kept breastfeeding, then by our first doctor appointment the pediatrician was freaking out that his levels were higher then they needed to be. We were immediately send to do labs. Let me tell you that was a nightmare in itself they killed Branton’s little finger bc they DID NOT have the right equipment for drawing blood from his heel. They had to prick his finger and fill two tubes… I kid you not they pushed 30 minutes on his finger trying to get blood out and couldn’t even get enough, that didn’t surprise me he was only like 3-4 days old. It was so hard to sit through and watch. Anyways, ended up having it redone and switched pediatricians, that’s a whole different story though.
So I got put strictly on formula and was told to pump. I was to pump everytime baby ate. I’ll be honest I didn’t have the time to be pumping that much. Trying to keep the house up, keep up with my toddler, deal with two dogs (one which is a untrainable yorkie who pees and poops in the house at least once a day) and a new baby was just getting to be too much without any help. So yeah I didn’t pump much , maybe once a day if I was lucky. That’s a lot of stress, which in turn made me loose my milk supply. I would pump for over an hour and not even get half an ounce.
Eventually I got the okay to both supplement and breast feed, I got some of it back. Then I was able to breast feed more after we got our levels down and gone. And that’s basically where I’m at now trying different things to get it back. Yes I pump some but lately been trying these:
- Mothers Milk
I’m not gonna lie to you the Mothers milk tea is pretty awful, the only way I can get it down is with a ton of honey and chilled. Even like that I have to chug it. It’s that bad. If you ever smell it, it tastes exactly like that but 10 times worse since it’s so strong.
I’ve been trying to have oatmeal everyday at least once, like for breakfast or a snack and adding flaxseed to it. I have also been putting it in like everything’s once it finest have a taste and had so many health benefits. Though the Oatmeal flaxseed cookies are pretty good. I’ll give you the recipe! My batch made 30 cookies. I even thought about adding cranberries.
Over all I have noticed a slight increase in my milk supply I know this is going to take work. Some days are better then others it seems but I’m getting like 2-3 onces from each side right now. I will update y’all in a couple weeks and also do another post on ways to increase lactation, with what you an eat and do!
Ladies try to keep your heads up and stay positive, worry really only makes it worse or so I have experienced. It doesn’t make you any less of a mother, and it’s not your fault. I have had a few melts downs over not being able to provide for my son. But yes, just as every pregancy is different, so is the after. My first time around was nothing like this and I fed my son till he was 2 1/2 , this time I’m hoping to at least get to 6 months with stored breast milk bags in the freezer. This is just the newest journey, we will all get through this. I just hope some of my bumps in the road help make yours a little easier.
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