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post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by MamaRabbit View Post
nak My best friend has tubular breasts. Her mother has them also and had no milk supply. She just assumed her mother hadn't really tried to breastfeed. My friend tried everything... drinking tons of water, medications, pumping, etc. I helped her with latching correctly, positioning, etc.. Babies gained no weight, started spitting up blood... realized they were getting blood from her and that's it. She felt she "failed" with her first. Determined to do it again with second, and same thing happened. I realize that is all an extreme case, but it was the breast shape and reduced tissue. When her 3rd was born, she nursed him for the first few days in case there was any colostrum but no signs of any milk. She had no signs of engorgement after stopping breastfeeding either.
Almost the same story happened to my friend. She was so bummed. It was very sad. She ended up ff for the remainder of her time and children.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by tiffani View Post
has your friend had any milk come in yet?
seems like there's some coming in today!

now hoping for adequate supply.

baby had his frenulum clipped yesterday and that's helped a LOT.
post #23 of 25
Sweet! I'm so happy for your friend.

If I may, can I suggest she rent a hosp. grade pump (for the first 8 weeks, at least? - if she does WIC, they'll give her one for free, and paying out of pocket isn't very expensive, either), pump after each feeding (even if it's only for 5 minutes - tell her it's better to pump more often, even if it's for less time...ie. 10 minutes every hour vs. 30 minutes every three), pump in the early morning if she can handle the sleep dep. (I swear I basically slept at the pump for 8 months), take lots of fenugreek, oatmeal, goat's rue, etc. Even if she can't provide ALL of her DC's needs, she may be able to provide a significant amount. I swear that the 1/3-1/2 (depending on growth spurts) that I gave DD kept her ridiculously healthy.
post #24 of 25
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Well, the latest is that her MW told me that I don't have to pump :. For now it looks like the milk is coming in OK and the baby is having breastmilk poops . Once the MW has discussed with her the issue of her potentially having this problem, I can relay your advice.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
Well, the latest is that her MW told me that I don't have to pump :. For now it looks like the milk is coming in OK and the baby is having breastmilk poops . Once the MW has discussed with her the issue of her potentially having this problem, I can relay your advice.
This is awesome! One of the biggest factors in ensuring a good suppply for the duration of nursing is the first six weeks. So a very frequent nursing baby is a very good thing for mamas supply. Good luck to your friend, she's very lucky to have such great support!
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