I have a 2 1/2 week old infant and have been breastfeeding since day 1. I had a severe migraine from the epidural for the first 5 days after the birth, so breastfeeding was very difficult for me but I stuck with it.
The baby was 9 lbs, 15.7 ounces at birth. He got down to about 9 pounds and wasn't gaining it back, so we had to start supplementing with formula.
I HATE supplementing but I do feel that it was necessary. I just wasn't making enough milk for him.
After consulting with lactation consultants numerous times, and going to breastfeeding classes, I am 100% sure the baby's latch is perfect. There is no nipple confusion and I am never sore when he's done eating.
But my problem is that even with a hospital grade pump (Lactina) and nursing him as frequently as he'll let me, my milk just won't come "out". When the baby is done nursing, I immediately pump. Even after him nursing and me pumping, if I hand express, I realize there is quite a bit of milk in there.
However, I can't collect the milk I express by hand because the only way it will come out is to shoot upwards or towards my face. This is extremely strange and I'm wondering if anyone else is having this problem.
I showed the LC what I meant and she agreed that it was strange and said maybe there is an anatomical reason I am having such a hard time.
If I'm lucky, I'll pump 1/2 to 1 oz. every few hours... and if he nurses, it's even less.
I've resorted to hand expressing into a towel just to get the milk out and keep my supply up, but I am really frustrated. I feel like I'm throwing gold (breastmilk) out every time I do this, but I don't know what else to do. I have been taking fenugreek like a mad woman and it has DEFINITELY helped my supply, but I think since my breasts aren't getting anywhere near "empty" usually, I am not making much more than a couple of ounces every 4 or 5 hours.
The lactation consultant suggested hand expressing into a large bowl, but even that isn't working for me... the milk just shoots every direction but down.
Please tell me I'm not the only one with this problem.
I want to stop supplementing with formula but it's just not working for us yet. I am so committed to breastfeeding but this is frustrating...
at the very least, does anyone know of a pump that might work better for my situation?