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#1 of 8 Old 06-27-2013, 09:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone, I need help asap.  It's been almost 72 hours since I had my baby and my milk isn't fully in yet I don't think.  She does great all day nursing.  She is eating a lot having two wet diapers and 3 or 4 poopy and seems content after each feeding.   However last night and right now she is screaming bloody murder and keeps pulling off my nipple like she is starving to death.  The lactation consultant said she is a voracious eater and impatient that my milk hasn't come in.  She suggested I drop formula down my breast while I'm feeding her when she starts doing that until my milk comes in.  I didn't want to try that but I just did because she had been screaming forever and I didn't know what else to do.  Anyone know what do I do?  I really don't want to give up this time.  Please help :)


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Hi there! Congratulations in your sweet new baby! It's so great that your baby is latching and nursing successfully at this point. Good job! If you are able to take a deep breath and give yourself credit for everything that is going well so far, I think that might help. Your milk will come in. Mine took a few (4??) Days to come in. It's normal for it to be awhile. I'm not a midwife our LC but my understanding is that this is normal. Remember a newborn's tummy is very, very tiny! You're baby is getting enough and it's fine! If you are really concerned, maybe find a local LCwho can come over and help toy two out. Best of luck to you!

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And i didn't say that you should definitely just keep offering her your breast all the time! It will help your milk come in and help keep baby satisfied. :-)

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Sorry! You already spoke to an LC. But I'd be wary of any suggestions of giving formula at this point. Maybe get a second opinion?

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Big hug.gif for you. I know what its like to be worried about your newborn and feeling like your milk is never going to show up. Its a stressful time. My baby girl has always been a healthy eater and she was not satisfied with colostrum those first few days, boy was she pissed lol. It took me about 3 days before my milk came in but i've heard that it can take 4 or 5 days. The GOOD news is your babys is getting plenty of colostrum, which is called liquid gold for a reason--its chock full of antibodies and immunoglobulins which are very important for building their immune system. It also helps their digestive tract and makes it easier for them to have their first bowel movements (which shows she is getting plenty since she's had 3 or 4 poopy diapers). Also, its normal for them to lose a little weight during this time, up to a pound or so is considered okay. Its also a good sign that she is peeing plenty. I would only be worried if she wasnt peeing much or she seemed weak or pale--then that could mean she's dehydrated. It sounds like she's doing just fine. If you're really concerned then take her to a pediatrician or call your doctor or midwife.

You could pump for five or ten minutes after each feeding to stimulate the milk flow, but make sure you stop doing that once your milk is in full force because that would make an oversupply. Also, you could drink a few cups a day of this tea: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0009Y8AGI/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?qid=1372397934&sr=8-4&pi=SL75. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of protein, small, frequent meals and lots of water is helpful, too. Oatmeal is said to be great for the milk supply as is a fenugreek supplement.

I wouldn't worry too much, though, because it sounds like your daughter is doing great, just impatient. You probably wont even need to take any supplements or do anything special. Your milk will more than likely come in in the next day or two, if not then i would consult a medical professional. You will know when your milk is in because you'll more than likely get super engorged. Just watch--by the weekend you'll be posting on here about how to relieve engorgement winky.gif
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How is everything going dirtyhipegirl?

My baby had colostrum five days before a hint of milk charging over.... then gradually over the next few days it grew whiter.
Hope all is going well, congrats on the birth of your baby girl.
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Thanks Asiago, it's going better although now I think I'm dealing with overactive letdown because she chokes and spits up a lot. This is challenging but I'm determined to not give up innocent.gif
 


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You are doing a great job!
I dealt with overactive letdown too, poor baby was sputtering and trying to swallow. I did not know it at the time but there is a technique to apply pressure to the areola in order to slow the flow. Some moms also find block feeding helpful. My little one eventually was able to keep up with the flow but it really took a while. Good luck.
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