Update on Laszlo!

17 posts / 0 new
Last post
sweetsriracha's picture
Joined: 03/29/11
Posts: 1318
Update on Laszlo!

Hi Ladies!

I've missed you guys. I've lurked a bit but things have been ROUGH. We're finally coming out of the woods.

At his two week visit last week, Laszlo was still 2 ounces below birth weight. He wouldn't nap and spent every single waking moment at the breast. I'm fortunate my SO is able to take lots of paternity leave, because I've literally breastfed on the toilet. Last Sunday and Monday he nursed for 12 hours straight and would SCREAM when he was taken off the breast. I was honestly losing my mind and spent all of my time crying and telling Warren we weren't having more kids!

Oh, and breastfeeding was causing me so much pain that I cried at every latch on. My Mother (a former la leche league leader) and my midwives kept telling me it was normal. They were wrong. I insisted on having him weighed on Tuesday - turned out he was stil at birth weight. Yup, totally normal. *Rolls eyes*

We got in with a lactation consultant today. Turns out that my milk supply is TERRIBLE and his latch was crap. We developed a great plan and a strict follow-up schedule. I'm breastfeeding and pumpling, plus we have a good friend donating us some breastmilk and we're supplementing with formula.

Result? A brand new, pleasant baby! I cried with joy when he was calm enough to let me walk to the microwave to fix some lunch earlier. He's currently napping in a baby carrier. I'm wearing makeup for the first time since he was born.

The moral of the story? Breastfeeding should NOT feel like slamming your nipple in a car door. Your baby shouldn't feed for 12 hours and still act hungry. Follow your instincts regarding your baby's behavior, because you are probably right!

And congrats to all of you who've had your sweet little babies since I've been MIA!

lily0624's picture
Joined: 03/21/07
Posts: 591

Sounds a lot like what I went through with my first. The lesson I learned was that you're right, feeling like that is not a good thing. And, as my fabulous pediatrician reminded me at my baby's first appointment yesterday, feeding your child should not be a religious experience. You have to do what makes YOU happy and if that means a bottle then so be it.

I'm glad things are looking better. They really do get better! It takes a while but soon enough things will get easier. And then the next day will be even easier and pretty soon you almost laugh about the horrible pain. Ok maybe not a full on laugh but surely a chuckle Wink

Thanks for updating!! Your siggie pic is darling.

Jenni Beth's picture
Joined: 03/03/11
Posts: 1407

Having a plan is a great thing and I'm sure it gives you peace of mind too. I'm sending you milk producing vibes! Hang in there. We are all here for you! Keep us posted on your progress.

annestacy's picture
Joined: 05/31/09
Posts: 473

Oh Jasmine-I was wondering how things were going! I am
Happy you're getting some relief now. Have you tried a lactation tincture, cookies, or brewers yeast caplets to help with supply? I took a couple doses of brewer's yeast and poor Trin had milk dribbling all over. Beee
I hope things continue to get better for you guys!

kmm123's picture
Joined: 12/13/08
Posts: 1839

So glad you've found good help and he's happier! It is so important!

sweetsriracha's picture
Joined: 03/29/11
Posts: 1318

"annestacy" wrote:

Have you tried a lactation tincture, cookies, or brewers yeast caplets to help with supply?

I'm currently drinking infusions of the milk tea and shatavari root (I'd NOT recommend the latter to anyone unless they are desperate. Blech!) Just curious, did you use any particular brand of the brewer's yeast tablets? I'm thinking I'll start, and there are a LOT of options out there!

Thank you ladies for your support. As I mentioned in the BFeeding support thread, I just pumped 2 ounces! I'd never gotten more than 1/2 ounce before. Definitely too early to tell, but I think things might just be looking up!

lily0624's picture
Joined: 03/21/07
Posts: 591

Jasmine keep in mind that just bc you don't pump a lot doesn't mean you don't produce. I never could get anything out when I pumped but I had a ton of milk!

Oatmeal every day helped me with supply.

Good luck!

Jenni Beth's picture
Joined: 03/03/11
Posts: 1407

I'm so glad that things are getting better for you. You have such determination! Smile

Summer05's picture
Joined: 09/18/05
Posts: 790

Wow sorry you`ve been through the ringer so far.. or car door! Great work and I`m so glad Lazlo is doing so much better Biggrin Beautiful siggy pic :love10:

MelanieP's picture
Joined: 09/25/09
Posts: 882

Great job...so happy that things are going better for you. It is hard not having alot of milk...I had a breast reduction so no matter what I do I just can't get alot of milk but because I knew of the surgery I did not stress to much about it. I really hope things keep getting better and better!

ashamom27's picture
Joined: 07/06/06
Posts: 1010

I hope each day gets better for you! I am one of those moms that doesn't produce enough either. I always am envious of women who "could feed a small village".
Supplementing has worked well for me. I am able to breastfeed as much as possible and use formula for some feedings. Happy baby is what is most important! How are you Mama?

sweetsriracha's picture
Joined: 03/29/11
Posts: 1318

I'm much better! We found out yesterday at his 4 wk visit that he'd gained a whole pound in a week (well, 15 ounces, but still!)! He was 9 lbs 2 ounces, or smaller than one of Katie or Sandra's babies at birth Wink

We get to back off the supplementation, but it does look like it will likely be a long term thing.

The lactation consultant did a measurement of exactly how much he was getting from me - at our initial consultation a week ago, he only got 25 mL in almost 2 hours! Our follow up is tomorrow, so I'm excited to see how my supply has improved.

fireflies11's picture
Joined: 03/26/11
Posts: 613

good job momma!! Lactation Consultants are gold in my eyes! Good thing about the Portland area, we have a great supply of them and support! Good luck, & great job so far!

Joined: 05/17/06
Posts: 370

Glad things are going better! We are struggling with breastfeeding right now too...I am kind of in the car door stage right now but her latch seems to be slowly getting better. Hope you can get some rest now that Laszlo is doing better.

kmm123's picture
Joined: 12/13/08
Posts: 1839

so glad things are going better and that he's gaining weight!

sweetsriracha's picture
Joined: 03/29/11
Posts: 1318

"fireflies11" wrote:

good job momma!! Lactation Consultants are gold in my eyes! Good thing about the Portland area, we have a great supply of them and support! Good luck, & great job so far!

Amy, I was actually going to mention to you (and any other Portland community members reading) that I couldn't recommend Meg Stalnacker more!

Starryblue702's picture
Joined: 04/06/11
Posts: 5454

I'm so sorry you had such a hard time for a while BF him Jasmine, but I sure am glad that you got everything worked out for the best! That's so great that you have a friend that is helping you out with some BM!! I know what you mean about that car door thing lol, I felt like that for the first week, but thanks to that Lanisnoh (sp?) nipple cream I'm doing much better! And you're so right on about just listening to your baby... they know when they're still hungry lol! You're doing fantastic momma!