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Posted by on May. 11, 2013 at 7:06 AM
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When my daughter was born I tried to bf but my body did not produce any milk. I went to specialists and everything to see if I was doing it wrong or what was happening and my body just was not producing. I am not pregnant with another girl and I'm worried my body will do the same thing. Anyone know if there is a chance I will be able to bf with this baby?
by on May. 11, 2013 at 7:06 AM
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PolishMamma2
by Marta on May. 11, 2013 at 7:12 AM
Did they tell you the reason you weren't producing?
Capemom01
by on May. 11, 2013 at 7:38 AM
No, they didn't give me any reasons
MamaCeleste0722
by Celeste on May. 11, 2013 at 7:43 AM
Can you give us a little more info? How did they determine that you weren't producing enough? What was baby's diaper count and weight gain?
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Capemom01
by on May. 11, 2013 at 7:49 AM
I don't remember the diaper count, it was almost two years ago, I know it was not high. She also lost a significant amount of weight which caused concern. They watched to make sure the baby was latching correctly and also had me try pumping in their office and neither produced any results although both were being done correctly. I have to say the hospital I went to was not very helpful, when they saw I was not producing milk they told me to formula feed and sent me on my way.
MamaCeleste0722
by Celeste on May. 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM
Pumping is not indicative of supply. That is not an accurate way to judge supply.

Diaper counts are how to judge of baby is getting enough. without weight history or diaper count, it's hard to know if there was truly a problem.

It sounds like you may have been sabatoged, and not necessarily a physical problem. Which is good news! This time, I would educate yourself-read, go to kellymom.com. I would find an IBCLC and talk to her about your concerns
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on May. 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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OK, there's not a loty to go on but hopw about we tell you what you shoudl expect? Because often moms who are doing PERFECTLY get misguided by stupid docs. The docs have next to NO training on breastfeeding.

Quoting Capemom01:

I don't remember the diaper count, it was almost two years ago, I know it was not high.
In week one, look for one change per day of life. As you get later into week one, those changes should include 2 quarter sized poops. And you're counting by 24 hours. Four TB water = one wet. And 1 wet = 1 change.
She also lost a significant amount of weight which caused concern.
Normal loss in week one is 10 - 12% of birth weight, depending on the birth method. For vaginal no meds, 10%. For c-section, 12% (because baby doesn't get excess fluids squeezed out via the birth canal... c-sec weights are artificially inflated). Anywhere between for moms who got lots of IV fluids. 
Gain is not expected in week one but when it starts, 4-6 ounces per week from lowest weight. And percentiles are meaningless.
They watched to make sure the baby was latching correctly and also had me try pumping in their office and neither produced any results although both were being done correctly.
There are moms who can breastfeed TWINS and not produce one drop for a pump. Pumping tells you nothing of value.
I have to say the hospital I went to was not very helpful, when they saw I was not producing milk they told me to formula feed and sent me on my way.

Yeah, I'd say the most important thing you can do is NOT have anything to do with any of those "professionals" again.

Pick up a copy of "So That's What They're For" by Janet Tamaro and keep it with you when you deliver.

Capemom01
by on May. 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM
I will definitely look into different resources for more information. Thank you. I do know she lost a pound in a week (I looked it up in her book), I had natural child birth. I just felt like I had failed.
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on May. 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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Quoting Capemom01:

I will definitely look into different resources for more information. Thank you. I do know she lost a pound in a week (I looked it up in her book), I had natural child birth. I just felt like I had failed.

Nope. ONE DROP makes you a success even if there's never a second drop.

Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on May. 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Was it the same scale? My third was thought to have lost almost a pound in the first two days, it turned out the scales werr different which caused different readings.


Quoting Capemom01:

I will definitely look into different resources for more information. Thank you. I do know she lost a pound in a week (I looked it up in her book), I had natural child birth. I just felt like I had failed.

Capemom01
by on May. 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM
I am not sure.. They were both taken at the same place so I assume so.
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