These low-supply threads just help me out so much! I found out about my low supply when my ds was 7 weeks old, still at his birthweight, and hadn't gained any weight in 2 weeks! Our doctor (midwife and naturopath) was very lax the whole way along about the weight gain- DS (obviously) wasn't at his birthweight at the 10 day visit & she said don't worry- he had lost a lot of weight after birth & since I had to have a c-section
(after 4 nights and days of labor), sometimes it took longer for milk to come in. He was nursing ALL the time & has an awesome suck.
Then we did a quick weigh at about 5 weeks w/diaper and onsie on when I had stopped in to get some vitamins-- he was just above the birthweight & she was pleased that he had gained weight since the last visit (though I calculated just 3-4 oz a week in that time, & was kind of woried that he seemed fussy at the breast- like he wasn't getting enough).
The next visit at 7 weeks he was actually 3 oz less, but didn't have the clothes on... still at birthweight!! Doc then gave me some formula and told me to supplement him with this while I worked on getting my supply up. I couldn't believe that a naturopath had just gven me formula, but in retrospect, I think she was a little shocked and scared that she hadn't noticed a problem sooner. she said, "I had one other lady this year that had similar problems". Only one other lady??? I called up the LC to help me organize how I was going to icrease my supply and get my baby up to speed all at the same time, since I figured they deal with these problems more than our doctor!
LC gave me a sheet about pumping that they give to moms with babes in the ICU and a regimine that looked like this: 1. nurse your baby, 2. feed your baby EBM, 3.feed your baby formula if still hungry 4. pump REPEAT 8-10x day I did this for a couple weeks, then went down to pumping just a few times a day.
These are the other things I have done: vitamin B shot, checked my thyroid & started taking thyrod for a 'so-so' function, fenugreek, brewers yeast, oatmeal, goats rue, greens. I just started the goats rue, it seems to work pretty well. that and the fenugreek have made the biggest difference.
I also feed baby all the time, & co-sleep. my breasts have always been kind of small and wide spaced, though not so small as the hypoplastic ones posted around on these threads. I didn't go up a bra size while pregnant, though I did 'fill' my pre-preg size better.
I started back to work part-time & when I'm away, I pump usually around 2-2.5 oz from both breasts combined every 2-3 hrs. Wondering how well some of you others do in the same boat? 9work/pumping?)
DS is 16 weeks now. I have increased my supply, but not enough to cut out the supplements.
I know most of you get angry at your doctors for being too rigid with the weigh ins, but I get kind of angry that our doctor wasn't rigid enough to detect my supply problem sooner. Who knows if I would have done better if we had caught it right off the bat & had me pumping more right away?? The LC said to focus on 'maximizing my potential', but I can't help but wonder if there wasn't a way I could do better than that and cut out the supplements???
I feel so crappy about giving formula. In fact, so crappy, now my doctor says she worries about me & thinks I need to join a support group. Well, at least these threads make me realize that there are more of you out there, and also, that my feelings of sadness and upset at the issue are normal.