Thank you ladies again for all your support and encouragement.
I finally have a second to sit down and post on the computer with a keyboard instead of just from my phone, so I thought I’d type what’s been on my mind to share with you about breastfeeding.
First of all, my perspective on public breastfeeding has changed so much. I still think women should be modest and cover up and perhaps go to another room if there are men that are uncomfortable with it, but I totally get that the baby just needs to eat and so we feed them.
As for what I wish I’d known, I wish I’d known to rent a pump from the get go. I didn’t, and I truly believe not having that tool has been a root cause for my supply dropping so rapidly. It has been quite a few weeks since I’ve actively tried to boost my milk supply, and I’m only just getting to the point where I’m exclusively breastfeeding for all but 3 feeds in 24 hours.
I wish I’d known that women with PCOS have problems with milk supply. Had I known this, I could’ve gone into the whole process armed with the info I needed. I would’ve taken herbs from the start (fenugreek, flax seed, oatmeal, raspberry leaf, and goat’s rue, to name a few. I’m on all of these now).
As for what we’ve been doing to boost supply, one of the different things that most people don’t know about is using a supply line. A supply line allows you to supplement formula or pumped breastmilk while still feeding at the breast. It’s a bottle with a tiny straw that you wear and use with a nipple shield. The baby still feeds at the breast and gets a combo of breast milk and formula and it allows them the extra they need. This also helps stimulate the breast and boost milk supply. As much as I am so so looking forward to getting rid of it, I’m thankful we’ve had this option because it’s what Cody needed.
Low milk supply is a scary thing. Cody started losing weight in the 2nd week of his life and had urates in his diaper every time I changed it. He wasn’t pooping at all and hardly peed. He broke out in a rash all over his body (something we still cannot figure out) and was generally screaming and unhappy. This was all due to him not getting enough food because of my low supply. I think my problems are a combination of a bad latch and pcos.
A day after starting the supply line, the rash started to disappear, diapers started to feel heavy, urates disappeared, and he was happier. I cried my way through it, but I’m glad he got what he needed.
I hope and pray none of you have supply issues, but if you do, I hope some of this info has helped. Thanks for reading.