Does anyone else here have experience with chronic supply issues?
I've been a Mother to Laszlo, age 1 month. My Mother is a former la leche league leader and planning on sharing an extended breastfeeding relationship before he was born was a natural decision.
We've struggled with severe supply issues since birth that aren't remedied by pumping or herbs. I was just diagnosed with hypoplasia and we're working with an IBCLC on developing a routine that involves lots of time at the breast and supplementing with love. The process has been quite tough and I've not felt particularly supported through it - I've dealt with some very dirty looks while buying formula at the natural foods store (we're fortunate at the moment to be working on some donated milk sourced through HM4HB) and others close to me suggesting my supply issues are somehow caused by a lack of will or trying (they're not!).
Anyone else have first-hand experience?
Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11
You've been diagnosed with hypoplasia of your breast tissue, correct? I have not had personal experience with that but I know a woman who very likely had the same thing. She was a member of my mom group at my birth center. I think because we were a collection of natural mamas who were all staunchly pro-BFing that it was especially hard on her. After months of struggling with extremely low supply and her son's weight loss she was able to establish a good flow of donated milk and started to feel much better. She still nurses her son but its more for the comfort and the bonding experience than for the health benefits.
If your mom was a LLL leader she knows that there are women out there who physically cannot produce milk despite all the trying in the world. Even just a little bit of your milk will boost his immune system and you can most certainly nurse for the sake of bonding. I say do what you have to and try your hardest not to feel bad about it. As FTMs, we learn that there is SO much out there that we have no control over. Things don't go as planned. But that doesn't make us anything less than awesome moms.
Thanks for the support! I couldn't agree more that being a FTM is a journey of learning to relinquish control
I've found an AWESOME facebook group of other women with insufficient glandular tissue/hypoplasia who are actively breastfeeding.
I'd also love to connect with other pg.org Mamas with chronic low milk supply - message me!
Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11