Several of you have asked me how the breastfeeding is going. I first wrote about my difficulties with nursing in this post. A woman’s milk typically comes in anywhere from 3 to 5 days after the baby is born, and up until then her body produces colostrum. I produced very little colostrum and even after nursing or pumping every 3 hours, my milk took forever to arrive. So, that first week we had to start supplementing Summer with formula. Needless to say, I was devastated as I had wanted so badly to breastfeed exclusively. In the beginning I was completely anti-formula, but now I’m so grateful for it because without it, Summer would not be thriving.
I’ve tried everything to try and increase my milk supply. If I read or hear about a certain food that helps, then I eat it. I drink a ton of water, and I’m taking all the various herbs including fenugreek, fennel, and goat’s rue. I drink Mother’s Milk and red raspberry leaf tea all day long. I took Domperidone, a prescription drug that increases your prolactin levels, encouraging a greater milk supply, but after one month and no results, I weaned myself off of it. All this time I’ve still been nursing, supplementing, and pumping every 2 to 3 hours. It’s a lot. I’m tired, BUT things are getting better. Early last week, I had my thyroid and iron tested. Both were borderline low, and after a week of iron and thyroid supplements, my milk supply seems to be slowly increasing. I’m not sure how much Summer is getting from me, but my lactation consultant is coming by the house next week to weigh her before and after a nursing session. That way, we’ll know for sure. We are feeding Summer less and less formula, and I’m able to pump more. I’m happy, and I think all my efforts are finally paying off. Will I ever be able to breast feed exclusively? Who knows, but I’ve given it my best. If things continue to improve, then I hope to stick with it. The nursing itself has gotten so much better, and I love the time with Summer. There’s nothing like it.
I’m still trying to get in plenty of Omega-3’s for Summer and enjoying every bite…
2 eggs scrambled with 1 TBSP butter, canned wild salmon, and topped with brewer’s yeast. Love it.
Thanks to everyone who has written me with advice and encouragement. I’ve needed it.
Enjoy your weekend!