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#1 of 6 Old 01-13-2010, 06:25 PM - Thread Starter
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Little history...DS was born August 2007. Born by C-section. Wonderful latch. Nursed non stop in hospital. Lost 15% of body weight while in hospital. Was told I am starving my baby and NEED to give him a bottle. Ped came in and told me C-section babies lose more weight because they don't get sqeezed during birth and nurses talk too much! GO HOME. Pump after every feeding. Feed him on demand. Taking Goat's Rue and Reglan. Still never made enough to nurse him exclusively although weighing him after nursing showed that I was missing about an ounce of the minium of what he needed. A lot of guilt over weaning him but I had post partum psychosis and my sanity out weighed the nursing.


I have been bitten by the baby bug and I want things to be different. I want to nurse even if I have to supplement. Is there anything I can start doing now to prepare my breasts for success. SO few know whats what with my breasts. I knew from early on that there was something off about them, but no doctor has ever said anything about them upon seeing them {normal well checkup}. And SURPRISE baby is born and I am told I have hypoplastic breasts and can't nurse so here is a bottle. So if anyone has any suggestions I would be thrilled.

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This is a good web page on hypoplasia and breastfeeding.
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i'm so sorry for your trouble! next time around, if at all possible, try using a supplementer. it will allow you to continue feeding baby at the breast, even if some of the milk isnt coming from you. best wishes for round two!!!

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Originally Posted by blessedwithboys View Post
i'm so sorry for your trouble! next time around, if at all possible, try using a supplementer. it will allow you to continue feeding baby at the breast, even if some of the milk isnt coming from you. best wishes for round two!!!

If at the breast supplementing works for you then you can feed all meals at the breast! Also please know that many low supply moms have more milk the 2nd time. It may not be enough to avoid supplementing, but it is often more than with the 1st baby.

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I was "diagnosed" with underdevolped breasts while trying to nurse my first son... that was after his week check up and he had lost 10% of his body weight... and after trying goats rue, mothers milk tea, barley, regling... and this funny bottle device you wear around your neck filled with formula and tiny soft tubes that you tape to your nipples and then nurse so your baby is stimulating your milk supply and baby is getting fed. After all of that didnt work 6 weeks into it. The lactation consultant said I had underdevopled breasts and next pregnancy I could try taking progesterone and that could build breast tissue so I can nurse. So... I am 3 days into taking progesterone and I am praying and hoping it works for me this time around... I felt like such a failure feeding my LO formula.

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check out this thread



There are some other mama's on this board who have nursed more than 1 baby after being diagnosed with hypoplasia/IGT (same thing).


I have IGT and tried to nurse all 3 of my babies.  This most recent has been the most successful still not a full supply, but 10 weeks old and still nursing. and I am back at work.


Here is what has worked for me.

 - took progesterone during pregnany

 - nursed frequently after birth, almost hourly the first 2-3 days

 - supplemented at the first sign baby wasn't getting enough (decreased wet diapers, stools)

 - had LAct-aid supplementer for supplementing  at breast ready to go before baby was born.

 - did test feeding weights at 5 days old and 2 weeks old to determine amount to supplement

 - I pumped after feeds when I had a chance - (pumping can help a lot, but with 2 other kids wasn't practical for me)

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