hello, I have a question for you ladies who frequent this board! I am a momma of 2 darling little girls. The youngest will be 6 weeks old tomorrow. I gave up fighting my low supply after 2 weeks with DD1.
I have been struggling with very low supply since DD2 was born. My milk didn't come in until almost 7 days, we struggled with jaundice then with weight gain. We didn't get back up to birth weight until 4 weeks. To get her back up to birth weight we had to supplement with 1.5 oz of formula. Even taking supplements and lactation cookies my milk has not increased one bit. Starting fenugreek at 1 week, along with more milk plus, Brewers yeast. I am struggling with when do I stop nursing? Pumping? I am just sad because DD2 is a good nurser with a good latch I am just the problem. What would you do? When would you just give up the struggle with trying to increase your supply? I don't know what to do.
Re: Keep trying? Give up?
It's possible if you really want it, but it was a ton of work and I probably would have enjoyed my maternity leave more if I had just decided to go with formula. It really depends on how important it is to you to continue to BF.
i know a lot of people suggest pumping after nursing, but I found pumping so stressful and disheartening (seeing how little came out) that I didn't think it was worth it. That's just me.
All of that being said, there is nothing wrong with formula and bottle feeding so do not feel guilty if breastfeeding doesn't work out. All that matters is that baby is fed and is healthy. Don't let anyone guilt or pressure you into thinking anything else. Breastfeeding is great, but in the long run it doesn't really matter much.
good luck and congrats on your daughters!
You need to decide how important it is to you. Is the stress of continuing worth it? For me? Absolutely. For others - no. Evaluate your goals, decide what is most important, and go from there.
My opinion? If you have any ounce of fight left in you, fight.