Could anyone give me some tips on how to increase my milk supply?
I delivered my daughter via c-section on 30/4/11, she seemed to take to breast feeding quite well from the beginning and starting gaining weight again before we left the hospital. About a week later though she seemed to be constantly hungry and I was feeding her a half hour after stopping, she would also never sleep in between feeds. She was fairly lazy at the breast and never did that deep drinking for more than a few minutes. Then it turned out that she was barely gaining weight, 10gm in 3 days, panic! It seems that she just couldn't suck the milk out of me and I had to start introducing formula and pumping my milk.
I am drinking 2-3 cups of breastfeeding tea per day and my midwife suggested I take Motilium, 3 tablets for three days, 2 tablets for three days and then 1 tablet for three days. She said you could only do this once although if I look online people seem to be taking it for much longer. She feeds every three hours so I gave her formula a couple of times so I could get a supply of milk stocked up and now I probably give her one formula bottle each day and the rest is my milk. I pump after I feed her each time but I only get about 65ml and she needs 90ml. Should I pump for longer or more often? When should I stop because although it's not squirting out after a while it seems to slowly drip indefinitely. When one breast is empty I switch to the other side the empty breast still drips. I am wearing little silicon cups because I leak a fair amount and I want to save every drip!
Ideally I would love to breast feed 'normally' again because I really miss it, I have the feeling that I barely hold her at the moment but even if I have enough milk I don't think she sucks strongly enough to drink it and then the whole vicious cycle will start again. I'm really glad I can pump what I can but there will probably be some situations where it will be difficult (family wedding soon etc), maybe then I can breast feed her and take an extra bottle so she has enough, it must be better for her to drain my boobs a little if I have to skip one pumping session right? If anyone can advise me on the best way to pump that would be great, I've only been going for about three days, glad my husband can sleep through the noise at night!
I have a single machine that we rented from the health insurance from Ameda that you can adjust the sucking strength and the rhythm on. Should I be aiming to set it all the way to maximum? Anyone sure how long I should take the Motilium? Any advice would be really great I burst into tears when told that she wasn't gaining weight and would have to have formula but I'm feeling a lot more pro-active now that she can still drink a lot of my milk :)