update on milk supply with 24 week preemies, and little story about how my milk supply got fixed.
After not being able to get more then a drop of milk all day between hand expressing and the pumps, my daughter and I talked about how I needed her to help me get my milk supply in so I could start feeding her brothers soon because they were too little to suck.
I'm glad she only recently weaned, because she was willing to do it for them, and still likes boob milk, I had her wean due to the pregnancy and she didn't have an issue with the milk. I even made her a deal if she wanted to keep nursing after my milk came in for a while to help get the supply up, I'd be okay letting her nurse for a few more months until she wanted to quit in return for her help.
She only nursed for maybe 2-3 minutes top and had her fill... but that's all it took. I was able to get half an oz.
Second time I got another half ounce with out her... and third time, my milk is half colostrum and half milk and i got an ounce.
Now I just need to keep stimulating so I can get full let downs and let my daughter help me out on and off next week just to keep stimulation going that's not just a pump to get it working well enough that i'll start responding to the pump once my milk is actually in.
I'm so relieved to know my milk is coming in since with a preemie 24 week gestation and a c-section they were expecting it to take a lot longer then a day. LOL
I had my c-section at 2pm on saturday and I was able to pump once and got 2oz of colostrum but the night nurse wouldn't give me any pain killer more then motrin which resulted in such a stress on my body my body stopped even giving me drops. I tried one dose of reglan to see if that would help once we got pain management but it just made me have IBS symptoms so they stopped.
After talking to the nicu people in san antonio and my OB here, they suggested having my 3 year old nurse to see if she could stimulate my milk back into action.
I talked it over with my daughter, explained why I was asking to see if she'd still want to nurse (only reason it worked is we recently weaned and she kept asking for boobs occasionally so I know she still had an interest.)
But it worked. my milk is switching from colostrum to milk and i have about 3-4oz of colostrum saved up for the babies with the bags marked with the pump schedule, i got freezer stuff ready to go for transport for tomorrow to get it to the nicu, and my milk supply is starting to come in now.
I'm still not having big powerful let downs yet, but it's slowly coming in and getting there, so I'm happy with the results and I really think the combo of having my pain controlled so i could function. (I'm not taking much, a motrin for swelling and one low dose loratab every 4 hours just to be functional, the motrin enough brought me to my knees, I couldn't survive on that. My doctor flat out told me not to suffer on purpose - that's when I pointed out I ASKED the night nurse to fix the situation and she refused telling me I was supposed to have a high pain tolerance.... but that's a different story.)
Either way, my OB fixed my pain situation so my body could relax enough to do the job, then we just had to trigger my body into knowing it needed to produce milk and my daughter did her job... and now, I think were back to a normal 2-3 hour pump schedule.. the babies don't need much milk since they'll be starting them on 2cc's for a feed for a while just until they make sure they bellies can handle stuff. But they are thinking probably tues/wed.
The babies update :
Zeke is currently OFF the occilator and on the regular ventilator at 30% oxygen. he was doing well - they are maintaining all their own vitals for the most part with minor assistance, no drugs needed for blood pressure or heart kind of a deal. they are doing pretty well for 24 week preemies, so i'm still praying, hoping, and waiting.
I'll call in the morning and get another update, but they said they seem pretty stable and unless something weird happens they should be fine over night. which is a REALLY good sign that they lasted 24-48 hours wiht out any major issues.