Quoting anonymom + 1.5:" I'm sorry you feel so discouraged before you even get another try! What specific problems did you ... [snip!] ... to have more knowledge of different issues that could arise beforehand so I didn't feel totally lost when he was born. "
i never really produced milk. i put her to to the breast just after birth, like they wanted me to, and i had a LC there to help. but then they wanted to give her a bottle later for a slight case of jaundice (born at 37 weeks), and i said okay because i didn't know any better. she had the few ounces, but she spit it up right away, so i threw them away and wouldn't give it to her again. they didn't seem too worried about me doing that, lol. so, i just kept breastfeeding, but not knowing that she wasn't really getting anything, i guess. idk.
she was born at 6 lbs. 4 oz. she left the hospital at 5 lbs. 13 oz. at her first appt a few days later, she was something like 5lbs 8 or 9 oz. so, they were concerned. the dr recommended formula, and the LC agreed, both saying that she was getting too weak to suck properly bc of the weight loss. so, i started supplementing. but i would nurse for a certain amount of time on each side, then give any pumped milk, which was only ever drops that were barely measurable (i never got more than an ounce total from both sided. actually, i don't even think i ever reached half...), then i would supplement with formula to make up the difference. and then i would pump for a certain amount on each side. then i would clean up and boil all my stuff and repeat.
i did this around the clock for at least the first 2 months. then i cut back to only days. i tried fenugreek, drank tea, drank a beer once in awhile, drank extra water... my last resort was going to be the little baggie with the tubes that go to your boob and you put the formula in and hopefully it would increase your supply. but by this time i was exhausted with it all, and she was getting pretty much only formula anyway. so, i stopped killing myself over it. oh, i also got my blood checked for thyroid issues because they run in my family. but my levels were fine.