Baby #3 due July 6 2013
People disagree whether or not there is gluten in oats. Oatmeal is supposed to be good for your milk supply. If you really think your choice of food is bothering your baby, dairy is a good thing to try. I'd probably recommend trying Mylicon first... it has really helped Kayley!
what about caffeine? i dont drink it everyday, but i probably have a cup about 4-5x a week. maybe tomorrow i will cut out dairy and caffeine and just see if anything changes.
jen, what is mylicon? ive never heard of it. i will google it
Baby #3 due July 6 2013
Mylicon is a gas medicine for babies. I have some for Mason b/c he is sooooo gassy. Sometimes it seems to help and sometimes it doesn't.
My supply problems continue. Today I pumped after Mason napped for 3 hours b/c we were going out and I figured I'd bottle feed him whatever I pumped. A whole whopping 2.5 oz - total from both sides!!!! I started crying. This is exactly what happened with DS#1. I've been drining the mother's milk, taking the fenugreek. I guess I should add oatmeal to my morning routine.
It's just so sad that I want to breast feed and have so much trouble and there are women out there who could care less and have supply to spare. What's wrong with me??? Why can't my stupid, irritating body just be like a normal woman???
I feel like a piece of crap
Christina + Rory = a grand total of:
Amelia, Anthony, Andon, Noah, Mason, & Trinity-woof
I can't eat/drink any dairy, Nico gets gassy and spits up. Also, I can only have a tiny bit of any raw fruits or veggies and if I eat too much wheat, he gets a diaper rash the next day. I am basically eating oatmeal, rice and chicken right now.
AND... I BF Andy for 10 1/2 months and I pumped 1 to 3 times a week, especially while traveling but not enough to get my body used to it or build up any amount and the most I EVER pumped was 1 1/2 ounces and I have a great pump. Obviously Andy thrived on breastmilk alone.
AND... the lactation consultant told me that babies need less breastmilk than formula fed babies need formula. It changes to be just what they need and I guess has more calories and fat.
*BIG HUGS* You are doing great! 2.5 ounces is a fine amount for a mom who seldom pumps!
Carolyn, Beni has a really gassy/bubbly tummy- I can always hear my milk hit her tummy, and the bubbles moving around. We use Mylicon- most of the time it makes at least a little bit of difference. Do you know as well, that when he is gassy you can put him in positions that put pressure on his lower tummy to try to force things out? YOu can lay him on his back, and cycle his legs, or hold him face down with his belly on your knee. This can help to just get some gas out.
From reading the things you eat- the things that actually jump out at me most are the dairy, protein bars and slim fast. Dairy is just a common culprit, and protein bars and slim fast are just full of all kinds of synthetic stuff that might be hard to process. But then, I am an advocate of eating "as close to nature" as possible with most food- but especially if you're having doubts about things like this.
Christina, I am so sorry you're having such supply problems. I totally agree with you, it's just not fair, that so many people don't breastfeed for no good reason, you want to, and are having such issues with it. Keep doing what you can- I know I just went to another LLL meeting last week, and I was telling one of the leaders how well everthing was going for me. I said I didn't know if I was just lucky or what- and she said, "Well, you've had such a positive attitude from day 1- I'm sure that helped!" All I'm saying is that maintaining as much of a positive attitude about your situation as you can would probably be better than beating yourself up. Keep in mind that you are feeding your baby the best you can, with all the best intentions. Also, I would say, try not to be a self-sulfilling profecy- just because your supply was too low for your first doesn't mean it has to be that way with Mason. Start thinking that this is the baby with whom your supply threatens to get low, but then suddenly turned around! Try visualizing yourself still successfully breastfeeding at whatever age you would love to breastfeed Mason until. (Also, feel free to ignore everything I said, if it comes across as too Polly-Annas-ish and you can't stand it.) Lots of love to you!
Mara & Joel, 2009