Breast feeding part two

Medela supplemental nursing system

Medela supplemental nursing system

What a difference a few weeks make when it comes to breast feeding.

It is still extremely hard but at least now I know what the issues were in the first place and why I had a baby who seemed to cry 24/7.

It turns out that I am not producing enough milk for John, which is hard to accept but we are moving on because the most important thing is to feed the baby.

The lactation consultant was able to measure how much milk John was getting, on average he is taking 10 ml from the right breast and 28 ml from the left breast. There has been a slight increase but not a lot and I continue to take my prescription and herbs. However, I have decided to stick it out as long as I can because I understand how important my breast milk is for John.

Since my breast milk is so low, I am using a supplemental nursing system (SNS). Which is quite finicky but well worth it. John’s lowest weight was 7 lbs 4oz (his birth weight was 8 lbs 2 oz) and he is now 9 lbs 11 oz, each week since seeing the lactation consultant he has had a significant increase, which is the most important thing!

For those who don’t know what SNS is, I will try to explain it to the best of my ability. Basically, you fill up the small bottle with formula (which has been a new experience as well, powered or liquid, bottles, sterilization and more), flip the bottle upside down and the small tube is then attached to my breast with a small piece of medical tape. The end of the tube is placed beside my nipple and John is able to suck the formula out and stimulate my breast at the same time.

It’s a good news bad news situation, good news: I know exactly how much John is getting plus he is gaining weight! Bad news: John has loss his good latch, it is tough to make sure the tube is in his mouth and if the whole system is working. For more information on the SNS visit: http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/51/supplemental-nursing-system-sns

The lactation consultant has now recommended that John does not need to feed every three hours over night and he is now sleeping about five hours over night! Thank goodness! I feel better and John is looking oh so chubby!

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