Susan- you can massage your breasts up above your areolas prior to feeding and then continue with some downward gentle pressure while BFing to encourage movement of the thick colostrum.
It usually isn't a case of MILK IS HERE!!! but more like making 10 ccs more, slightly thinner milk each time. Best thing is nursing often. Hang in there! This is the hardest part!
Don't be too hard if you give in to a little formula... but keep it small... no more than 1/2 oz supplement after or during a BFing. And not every time... only when he's fussy.
Originally Posted by julieanddanny
WOOT!!! Now is the easiest time to back off- your body is still calibrating how much to make in a day and makes extra. I am so proud of you reducing the supplement! It'll be easiest to do in the middle of the night and the first morning feeding- that's when your body makes the most naturally.
Remember, BF babies will often take an ounce or two of formula if given- regardless of whether they are hungry still or not. Doing a feeding without supplementing and watching for crankiness is a GREAT way to see if she is getting enough! Weighing her and seeing how much she is actually taking in is great too.
Susan, I agree with what Jen said. Also did you try a LC? Sometimes just their words of support can be really great - enough to get you through the toughest time.
Your milk is coming soon (BTW - please remind me I said this when I go through this in 2 weeks - ok?) hang in there - you can do this.
Have some tea and relax and remind yourself that you are a wonderful mom and that you will be supplying your baby with the best. Words of affirmation are very helpful even if you feel a little silly saying them.
GL and KUP. Reading all the b/f-ing stuff from you guys is helping me feel more prepraed to go through this all again in 2 weeks, thanks everybody!
I was thinking the same thing!!!
Originally Posted by carg0612
It's amazing how much lack of sleep and being caught up in the early days can affect what you solutions you think of. Reminders of things to try are so helpful!
Ok another question...when DS nurses on to my right breast it fells like I'm getting little stings all over breast. It doesn't hurt at all but it beacomes extremlt itchy. Weird right?!? It's only when he nurses and only on the right side.
Just thought I'd chime in. I did have painful let down with my DS for a couple of weeks after my milk came in. Actually it seemed to coincide with my after contrax which I also had for a couple of weeks. It seemed that as those after "shocks" died down the stingy let down also started to go away.
Originally Posted by mishy80
I always had a bit of a tingly letdown experience with him but the pain part did go away. Just keep your eye out for any infection.
I also have a slightly sore letdown in the first few weeks. it changed to a tingle later.
thank you all for the support. my milk came in during the night after i posted. Everything is sooo much better now. I didnt even need to use the formula--we're returning it unopened! i have some scabs from all the nursing but they are healing. his latch is great. i'm still having oversupply but I am doing a little pumping and dumping so i can have extra later.
Thanks for that, I thought it was abnormal to feel the pain! Hopefully it settles soon.
Michelle, just keep an eye out for thrush, it's one of the worst things you can get whilst breastfeeding.
Susan, that's great your milk is in now. I too got scabs but after 2 weeks it was all gone and now feeding is just second nature and will be even more happier when the letdown pain has gone!
Well it doesn't matter what I eat (am very careful though) but this baby is so gassy but the best part is he is able to get rid of it! Emily had a hard time from day dot dealing with a sore tummy but this little man of mine belches quite big and the other end? OMG!! LOL. Everyone who sees him says he's putting on weight and getting chubbier and growing so my milk has got to be good, not to mention getting a 4-5 hour stretch at night with a BF bub? I keep thinking my bubble is going to burst and my milk dries up or he decides to self wean!
Okay so I know that this is going to sound weird, but I was talking to a girl yesterday who nursed, and she combed her breasts. I mean I've heard of massaging but combing??? I guess to make sure there were no knots and she said she always had an abundance of milk. Has anyone ever heard of this? Her mother told her to do this.
Combing? I take it that would mean running a comb over them?!? Very weird. I'm glad to hear so many moonbeams are experiencing BFing success!