Hi all, can anyone suggest ways for me to stimulate my milk production? Started breast feeding from minute one but due to Jaundice treatment had to do top up feeds with bottles and formula so i think this has affected the amount i produce - had great difficulty with full breast feeding and nipple pain so made the decision to switch to expressing Saturday just gone and have only produced 160mls since (expressing every time Eva feeds as per midwife advice)... I'd like to be able to give her more than one bottle of breast a day so any advice appreciated - thanks
Hiya, I'm sorry that you could not get the breastfeeding support that you clearly needed. DO you have any local support groups that you can get to? IT isn't too late to start feeding your baby yourself again especially as you may have healed now. You would really need to find someone local who can sit with you and help you with position and attachment. Well done you though for battling through the pain for as long as you did and for deciding to express how are you expressing? BY hand or pump? There are lots of different pumps and different ones work for different people so it may be worth phoning your local childrens center as some have pumps that you can hire for free or a minimal fee. The main ways to increase supply include expressing more often. IT works on supply and demand so each time you express you tell your body that you need more. ALso lots of skin to skin and make sure that you eIther have your baby near or something that smells of your baby or a photo to look at to encourage the emotions that get the milk flowing. SOme people say that oats and fenugreek work too. I hope that some of this helps x
Thanks tonks, to be honest breast feeding worries me now and my anxiety levels soar just thinking about having her latching on there are groups locally but they only meet once a week and the only breast feeding support the 'professionals' offered was my first midwife post birth guiding me in latching and 2 support workers visiting me once on our return home from hospital - even though their advice was good, i still experienced pain and when it got to the point of me crying while feeding i thought it best not to put either if us through that stress and find a different avenue to get the breast milk into her.
I will try the suggestions you've made though as i hadn't thought to try and mimic the process of natural breast feeding and i must admit that i haven't done as much skin to skin as i'd planned to do - thank you, I hope it works
Oh sorry meant ti say we got the tommee tippee hand pump as a gift and even that can cause a little discomfort on the first few pumps but its much easier to cope with and quickly goes as i get further into the 'session'
Ouch! It sounds like you have been through a massive amount of pain, well done for getting this far Your midwife or hv should be able to teach you hand expressing which may be easier than a pump whilst you are healing. Lots of Mums quite easily express a lot of milk whilst some dont unfortunately, the baby is far more productive at draining the breast than a pump. So just keep expressing what you can and remember that every single drop of your milk that your baby gets will benefit them, it still contains all of the antibodies etc even if you only give 1 bottle/ cup of ebm a day. Good luck x x