Breastfeeding Woes – by Lisa Kelly
I forgot to write last week due to my time being consumed with meetings with the breast pump 12 times a day. Ava still won’t latch and my milk supply is not impressive. Well-meaning folks have offered many suggestions and I’ve tried them all to no avail. Some things, such as fenugreek, seem to decrease the supply. Reglan did nothing but scare me with a laundry list of horrific side effects. Dark beer only made me burp. Drinking more water had me running to the bathroom more often. The only thing that has helped was buying Lily Pads to stop the leaking and getting hot compresses to lay on my chest a few minutes before pumping.
Each day we try latching and each day is less painful for me but more aggravating for her. At three weeks old, her tear ducts are working and boy, can she turn on the water works when she wants to eat and no one is giving her the instant satisfaction of a bottle. Today was my post partum checkup and when I discussed this with my doctor, I fully expected her to say “Okay, you tried and it didn’t work so you should stop now.” Instead she said that I should just keep on pumping and be happy for every ounce that would help to build Ava’s immune system. I explained that when I tried to give her the breast, she would just put her mouth against me and go to sleep. She said “Awwww, that’s just a natural reaction of comfort to mommy’s warmth and smell. Some babies don’t get past that so keep pumping and supplementing.” She gave me tips to relax and even suggested that I try a glass of wine now and then. I think I’ll go have one now.