Originally Posted by Citykid
Jenny G, I'm in the low supply club - although I would be so grateful to be able to pump enough to make up half of Akiva's food. I may have gotten bad advice in the beginning. He wouldn't latch at first and got pretty jaundiced and I had to give him formula to keep him out of the NICU. Now he latches great but it's been over 2 weeks and I still can only pump about a teaspoonful. I'm seeing a lactation consultant who put me on mother's milk drops and fenugreek and I'm either pumping or nursing once an hour (I was actually getting more milk in the pump before I started all this, btw). But even the LC is starting to sound less than confident that I'll be able to do this.
I nurse him and then fill him up with formula from a cup. So I can't really leave the house because there's no portable way to feed him. So that's one reason why I haven't been to LLL, but the real reason is I'm afraid they'll yell at me for giving him formula.
Jenny G, I haven't heard of all the medications you're on but I'd be willing to try anything. I'm totally stressed out and distraught over this and I know that isn't helping my milk come down! Any advice from anyone would be welcome.
There is a LOT of info on the "low supply tribe" thread in the breastfeeding forum: I suggest reading the entire thing.
You MUST get your thyroid and your prolactin tested. I'm on both synthroid (a higher dose than earlier) and domperidone to try to increase prolactin. I'm also taking my metformin, which I should probably have taken throughout pregancy. The advice from the midwives, to REDUCE both the thyroid and metformin medications, was DEAD WRONG. The thryoid issue could have made me and the baby ill, in particular. Even if your "TSH" is still in the normal range. (I have both mild hypothyroidism and PCOS). When they test thyroid, ask them to test total T4, free T3, free T4, and TSH. Also, you can aim to be in the middle of the "normal" ranges. I tested "normal" which I then found out was the BOTTOM of the ranges, and increasing my meds anyway decreased my symptoms (I had hypothyroid symptoms other than lactation problems).
Oatmeal, tea, etc, .. none of that is going to help a seriously bad supply problem, I think. If your prolactin isn't working, you won't lactate. So see a real doctor and get that all checked out, first thing!!
Also, I assume you're using a double electric pump? If not, it's time to get one.
Don't feel bad- ALL YOU CAN DO is what you are doing. I was a freaking wreck about this initially, a total crying basket case. It's much better now, even though we still have to give her 1/2 formula. My milk supply has increased a bit, but also, she's eating more!!
One nurse said something to me that made me feel a lot better. "At least you're lucky enough to have formula". And you know what? She's right. If this were before formula days, it would be dextrose water. So at least they can get a suppliment that is WAY BETTER than what they used to get!
p.s. I'm handsfree pumping RIGHT NOW