I am the proud new mommy of a preemie & am having MAJOR milk production problems. My daughter was born almost 6 weeks early & is now almost 6 weeks old. Since birth, she has been given formula to suppliment breast milk, but I really wanted to nurse her. My milk came in about 3 days after delivery, but it wasn't much & it wasn't consistent. So, I sought the advice of a LC & rented a medical grade pump & was fitted for new shields. I needed shields 3 sizes bigger than the standard ones that came with the pump & at first it made all the difference in the world! I had become engorged & immediately was able to fill several bottles. My pumping sessions after that went okay.... I would produce anywhere from 60 - 120 ml's at a time. However, one breast has always produced more that the other & then one night, my production literally dropped to almost nothing. So now for the past month my daughter has been on almost ALL formula because I'm lucky if I can get 15 ml's out of either breast. =( I am BEYOND frustrated & stressed out about this!! I don't understand what happened. I try to drink a lot of water throughout the day, but I know that I'm not pumping as often as I'm supposed to. I know I'm supposed to pump every 2-3 hrs., but I have very little help with the baby, so there's lots of times where I physically CAN'T pump. Plus, factor in the fact that I'm not able to sleep much or even have regular meals. I still try to do the best that I can to get whatever I can..... but I'm really scared that the milk is not going to ever come back no matter what I do. =*( Any advice???View Thread
You all make some really good points & I REALLY appreciate all the advice! I have another question, however. Whenever I put my daughter to my breast, she'll suckle for a minute or so, but then gets so frustrated that nothing really comes out, that she just screams until she gets her bottle. How do I get her to continue at the breast to MAKE it produce more milk? Has anyone else had this problem?View Thread
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