Hello, My name is Jamie and I am due with my second daughter 10/23/12. My first daughter was born 10/29/02 and I was unable to breastfeed her in any capacity. Breastfeeding this little girl this time around is the most important thing to me, and I wanted to ask for some tips. Is there anyway to stimulate milk creation at this point in my pregnancy(22w5d) Thank you so much for any advice!
There is nothing you can do that I'm aware of at this point. At some point during pregnancy most women (but not all) get colostrum. Anywhere from a 2-5 days after birth your milk comes in. All of this is hormonal driven. After the milk comes in it switches from hormonal driven to supply and demand. If you need more milk, you nurse the baby more and the milk production will increase after a day or two.
KellyMom is a great resource for information. Here's one of many pages that you might find useful: http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/milkproduction/
Sounds like you are fairly worried - what happened with DD1 - did you have trouble producing?
I think that, for now, just make sure you are getting enough nutritional food and water. When the baby comes, I'd recommend some galactagogue foods like Oatmeal for the first few days to help your milk come in. Kelly Mom has good information on galactagogues. http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/oatmeal/
I would also suggest talking with a local Lactation Consultant and asking if there are any local breastfeeding support groups you can join. It sounds like you still might have some things to work through from your previous experience.
And keep posting here... the ladies here are great at answering questions and helping from a distance!
Last edited by Nell4Him; 06-24-2012 at 11:39 PM.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Thank you for the help ladies. I was 16 when I gave birth to my DD1, and she was around 7 weeks early. When my milk was slow to come in, they put DD on formula and never sent a lactation consultant in to help me learn the in and outs of breastfeeding. I am sure because of my age, they didn't consider that it was important to me, and I was to scared to verbalize my feelings at that time. This time around I am dead set on breastfeeding, and have signed up for a course at the hospital. My mother was unable to breastfeed both of her DD, so I will be depending on my lactation consultant and the lovely ladies on this board for help learning the in and outs. Also, DD1 and DD2 will be exactly ten years apart(down to a few days) and to be honest, the whole birthing experience is hard for me to remember.
Hugs! I've heard it's so very hard to BF when baby is that early. I hope this time baby is term and you don't have that to deal with at all!
Kelly Mom is a great resource! Great idea to be taking a course too and we're here for support and questions when you get there. Like PP said, stay healthy, drink a lot of water and eat healthy for now!
Glad you found us. I'm excited for you to enjoy the journey of breastfeeding.
I hear you on the hard to remember part of being pregnant after an age gap. Mine were almost 5 years apart and I had a hard time remembering with that. I can only imagine yours is a little more "grey".
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Having a premie makes BFing much more difficult without good support.
Look to see if there's a La Leche League near you. It should be a great group to talk to and they'll often have information for all the local resources for professional help. (http://www.llli.org/) I really wish now I had one near me when I had DS, but I'm a part of a group now that I've moved and even with a toddler it's been helpful!
You had a lot working against you last time. With all the knowledge you're accumulating, the support you'll get here and from a LC, and your more mature frame of mind (that will be much more able to stick up for yourself), you're bound to succeed!