9.05.2008

My cup not runneth over (apparently)

I mean my bra cup...

Mason is not gaining weight. Jon keeps bringing up the possibility that I am producing skim milk, not fatty milk for her. So right now, every feeding I am nursing her, on both sides for about 20 minutes each, then supplementing with formula. Yesterday, and so far today it is about every hour or hour and a half that I do this. Basically I am feeding all day long... I am going crazy.

Even when I don't nurse her, she only drinks like 2 ounces from a bottle, so it makes me wonder if her stomach just isn't big enough yet... I am getting worried, but trying to stay calm and positive.

My dilemma now is whether or not I should just give up on nursing. I really don't want to, I love nursing my babies. I was so sad when I stopped with Cooper because I thought it was my last time, and here I have been given another sweet baby to nourish, and for some reason it's not working. Plus, formula ain't cheap.

What would you do? Have any of you ever heard of a mom producing skim milk? Is it even possible? What is the point of me having these enormous milk producers, if they aren't even doing there job right???

P.S. On a positive note, she is getting cuter and cuter every day. I adore this sweet girl!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

"NO COMMENT"

John

Karen said...

I am sitting here and wearing my "Breastfeeding is good for Families" t-shirt...so you know I'm gonna say not to stop. I have a friend who is a La Leche League Leader (actually, several friends...) and I can give you phone numbers. Also....please go to the LLL website (http://www.llli.org/) or www.kellymom.com www.breastfeeding.com for info. I would say...
-don't look at the clock....nurse for as long as she will on each side (even if it means only one side at a feeding) that will give her more "hind milk" which is higher fat content
-lay in bed and nurse as much as possible and let everyone else do everything all weekend
-remember that babies lose weight and sometimes it takes longer than we expect to gain it back (ask me about Sophie some time)
-try to encourage some night nursing (I know...I know....sleep is nice, but there's lots of milk at night)
-skip the formula so that your milk supply is not affected (really, truly...this is important)
-please, please, please...do not give up on this...read the ingredients to formula and maybe do a little research (or let someone else for you) and you will find out that the DHA put in formulas lately is not good for babies, the unnatural sugars in formula can create health issues in the future, and breastfeeding is healthier for you as well.
And....(I found this on lds.org) remember: "the Lord revealed which foods are good for us to eat" and he would not screw up on mama made milk.
(Was that too much? Is LDS guilt worse than Catholic or Jewish guitl?)

Amy said...

Don't give up. And even if you do decide to keep supplementing with formula, pump while someone else feeds her. This should help keep you producing milk.

But if you do, I'd totally understand and would never judge you. Amanda and I never got along with breastfeeding. And the idea of trying to nurse while Hayden is running all over the house on a path of destruction ---well, it's making me nervous!

Tiffany said...

I do know someone who produced skim milk, but only with one of her children. Random. But I do say keep trying and maybe ask your doctor. The lady I know gave a sample that they tested.

Jake, Camille, & Kennedy said...

I dont know if this could help but I have heard of some natural herbs you can take to help increase your milk supply. Fenugreek is one of them. It's just an idea but here is a link with some info about it. http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/fenugreek.html
I almost had to use it cuz my milk took a while to come in all the way.

Ashley said...

Oh, the joys. Well, formula isn't going to hurt your baby, that much I know. However, there's nothing sweeter than nursing a little one, knowing that you are providing the best nourishment possible. Try this: Once when it's time for Mason to eat, delay her and pump. Pump for the same amount of time that she would nurse. That will give you an idea of how much milk you're producing. That feeding you can just give her what you pumped. Do the best you can, and don't beat yourself up if it doesn't work out the way you planned. I couldn't nurse my first, for reasons I won't post here...Anyway, he is honestly the healthiest of my five. The only one who never got a single ear infection. Go figure. The most important thing is that she gets the food that she needs. You'll give her that, however you have to. So enjoy her! Love you!

Dorothy said...

Psst...don't tell Karen but I actually agree with her;) I gave up much too soon with Chloe and have regretted it since. (Of course having my nipples almost fall off from a serious case of thrush didn't help matters)But what I am trying to say is...she is only two weeks old and nursing babies take longer to gain the wait so be patient and don't stress. Stress will not help your milk supply. And give LLL a try.

Dorothy said...

Psst...don't tell Karen but I actually agree with her;) I gave up much too soon with Chloe and have regretted it since. (Of course having my nipples almost fall off from a serious case of thrush didn't help matters)But what I am trying to say is...she is only two weeks old and nursing babies take longer to gain the wait so be patient and don't stress. Stress will not help your milk supply. And give LLL a try.

Dorothy said...

Psst...don't tell Karen but I actually agree with her;) I gave up much too soon with Chloe and have regretted it since. (Of course having my nipples almost fall off from a serious case of thrush didn't help matters)But what I am trying to say is...she is only two weeks old and nursing babies take longer to gain the wait so be patient and don't stress. Stress will not help your milk supply. And give LLL a try.

Karen said...

Pssst...don't tell Dorothy, but I saw that she said that I was right! Not once, but three times.
And also, don't tell her that I think she's right. I was told by a good lactation consultant that it takes 6 weeks or more to sometimes get the nursing thing down right (she's new to it, remember). Is she having any issues with latching on properly? Nipple confusion? Etc?

Remember also, that jaundiced babies tend to be sleepier and that may decrease her nursing sessions. Rub on her head a little to keep her sucking reflex going if she starts to fall asleep too quickly.

I can come by any day this week if you want company, more information, or a fresh meal...

Mimi said...

Keep it up sista, she'll even out soon enough.

Anonymous said...

If you want to breastfeed and you feel like you can give your child an ample amount of nutrition, then by all meas, do it. But if you have tried and tried and it just isn't working(in more ways than just not gaining weight) the formula made today is so dang advanced. If you do "research" you will find pros and cons for BOTH breastfeeding and formula. You have motherly instinct, do what feels right to you.
W