I gave birth to my first child last Monday, 1/23. It wasn't without incident: I was induced with cervidil, then pitocin for about 24 hrs prior to getting an epidural and ending the run with a c-section. My son is a wonderful gift from God and I, of course, wouldn't trade him for a different experience. However, the breastfeeding challenges I've experienced since have just made me feel like I wasn't intended to be a mom at all .... even though I conceived very easily.
My son may not have eaten anything for his first 5 days of life! When we left the hospital, he had dropped nearly 1 lb from birth (a healthy 8.8lbs) and the next day lost another 5 oz. After supplementing with 1 oz of formula each feeding (every 2 hrs) over the course of about 20 hrs, he had gained another 7 oz and the docs were pleased. I never got any white milk until 6 days after his birth and currently I can pump about 1/4 oz every 2 hrs -- almost 1 full oz after 4 hrs of rest. We are still supplementing and it is clear that the baby needs more than he's getting. I WANT TO EXCLUSIVELY BREASTFEED AND LOSE THE SUPPLEMENT ASAP!
How can I increase my milk supply? I am currently massaging my breasts with clary sage and geranium essential oil. I know that fennel is reported to work well, but i don't have any of that here and can't get it locally. I haven't tried the herbs, fenugreek or blessed thistle, yet.
I know that the problem is NOT the latch because a lactation consultant has observed that and my son is a pro! Also, as I said above, when I pump, I barely pump enough to make it worth the time.
I have tried my best to come to terms with my terrible birth story -- I had practiced for 7 months of an all natural, hypnobirth and ended up with a failed induction. Now, I want to do the best thing possible for my child and feed at the breast exclusively and I don't have anything for him! I feel horrible and I realize that those emotions are probbaly not making the situation any better. That God may have not given me the abiity to best serve my children is a hard pill for me to swallow. :/