so worried

So Claire is 5 days old. And I still have no milk. And she is so hungry. And my heart is ripping out of my chest. I feel so helpless. I am hoping to get ahold of a lactation person to help me figure out what I need to do next. There's only so much of this that I can handle and my poor little girl is just so hungry. I feel that I might break down and supplement with formula. Maybe I'll need to until I get something in. I hope to find some answers. Gosh, it is such a lonely place to be in.


~*Spindelicious Handspun*~ said...

Aww man how frustrating! If you want any herb info just let me know. I've got tons of resources!

katieoz said...

I just took some More Milk Plus that Chris picked up from Whole Foods. It has fenugreek seed, blessed thistle leaf, nettle leaf and fennel seed. I also have some Mother's Milk tea with most of that stuff in it too. We'll see what happens! I have been using heat compression as well and the last two feedings I have been able to hand-express some good sized blobs of milk. And she's sleeping so soundly I think she might have gotten more food than she has been getting. Now she just needs to give us some poopy diapers.

~*Spindelicious Handspun*~ said...

Have you been able to just relax at all? :o)
Relaxation, nutrition/herbs, and nursing often...like every 2 hrs is great. (I hope this doesnt just sound like I'm pushing info on you or just "giving you advice." I'm really not meaning to be annoying, I've just read alot so I thought I'd pass on some info. So if it's annoying just let me know!)
Here's some food suggestions that have been known to increase lactation: apricots, asparagus, green beans, carrots, yams, peas, pecans, all leafy greens.

Mothers Milk is some great tea. And if you saw an herbalist it would be great to get yr hands on some Blessed THistle tincture. Take 20 drops 2-4 times daily.

Here's a recipe that has RAVE reviews from midwives I know of, and you can make it at home: Fennel/Barley water:

Prepare barley water by soaking 1/2 cup pearled (regular) barley in 3 cups cold water overnight or by boiling for 25 minutes. Strain out barley and discard (or add to soup!). Heat a cup or two of the barley water to boiling as needed, store the rest in the fridge. Pour on cup of boiling barley water over 1 tsp. fennel seeds and steep for no longer than 30 minutes. This combo not only incraeses breast milk, but settles the digestion of babe and mom.

Also, hand expression, like you've been doing is wonderful. Do it alot! More stimulation the better.
Most importantly, try to relax darling. It sounds like things are working out just fine. Claire is getting lots of colostrum, and I'm sue she is getting some milk as well. Just cause yr not gushing doesn't mean you aren't producing milk. It just takes time. Your body grew the adorable little baby and it knows how to nourish her! :oD

Todd and Chelsie said...

there is a tea called mother milk that is supposed to help with lactation. Everyone told me to pump pump pump and to nurse ALL the time and to not give up. It seems like it is taking forever and you get so frustrated, that you don't know what you are doing and the baby doesn't know what they are doing either, stick with it! I will be praying for you, I know it is hard. Don't feel bad about supplementing with formula either, I was worried that if I gave Joel a bottle her would never go to breast, but that wasn't the case he ate whatever was offered them! Did your hospital have a lactation consultant that you can call?

katieoz said...

Hey chels...just got back from them actually. I just started formula today because she's down more weight and I am just not producing. It's very upsetting but I just want her to be healthy. Starting today I'll be feeding/pumping/feeding her what I pump/feeding her formula. I'm kind of in a daze. My mom just got me some mother's milk tea, Chris got me some more milk plus herbal combination serum and I am suppose to call my doctor to get on some high strength medication. It's all seeming to possibly be tied to my bleeding post delivery...that's one of the big reasons the consultant thinks my milk isn't coming in. We'll see if anything changes. Meanwhile, prayers are so needed, if anything to just heal my broken heart.


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