I could desperately use some advice on pumping. My daughter is 15 days old and in the intensive care unit. She will most likely be there for months and I have been pumping, trying to build up a supply for her. She currently has a feeding tube and is only getting 3cc an hour, so even the little I have been able to get should last a while. But I am at the end of my rope and am about the give up.
Relactation is the process of rebuilding your milk supply once you have started nursing and then stopped for a period of weeks or months. Induced lactation is the process of building a milk supply in a mother who has either never nursed a baby, or who has nursed years before.
Dear Lactation Consultant,
It's been 10 days since the birth of our baby girl. My breast milk took about five days to come in. Our baby wouldn't latch on to me because of my flat nipples. I was given nipple shells, but she didn't like those either. Since then I've been pumping with a double breast pump and bottle feeding in order to supplement with formula since I wasn't producing enough milk.
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