With Baby Bunny #2, it has been an entirely different issue. First, my milk was late in fully coming in. Next, he suffered terrible reflux and ate even more constantly as a result, which didn't actually succeed in bringing more milk in, but instead drying up quickly. Finally, I have had a number of health issues, which included a variety of tests, procedures and medicines that aren't friendly towards breastfed babies. And I'm starring down surgery again in probably a month. At one time, when Baby Bunny #2 was 2 months old, I was pumping 16 ounces a day, nursing 3-4 times, and he still had at least 1 bottle of formula on top of that. Right now, finally off meds again for the flu and an upper respiratory infection, I'm nursing once a day and pumping 2-4 oz.
I'm determined to build back up again both prior to and after surgery. Want to join in my relactation journey? I'm not starting from zero, but pretty darn close.
My plan*, which takes into account that I work full-time outside of my home:
- Nurse twice a day - in the morning upon waking, and after work upon arriving home
- Pump 4 times a day: 3 times at work, once before bed or once before work
- Herbs - Fenugreek, Marshmallow, Alfalfa, Blessed Thistle, and Mothers Milk tincture**
- Massage and finishing each pump session with hand expression
*A reminder that I am not a doctor, lactation consultant, nurse, or offering you medical advice of any sort; I'm simply sharing my experience, mom to mom.
**I have discussed all with my OB/GYN, particularly in concert with my prescription meds.