Sunday, August 12, 2012

Triple Whammy....

Oh man, I wish I had time to write today about our amazing trip to England but I am beyond exhausted! Stab.my.eyes.out type of exhaustion. I thought coming home I would be at peace with finally seeing the boys and being able to sleep in my own bed cuddled up to my sweet baby Jude! Well I am happy to be home but I am less than happy with my body! I pumped the entire time we were in England and had a ton of milk that I of course dumped, thinking there is no reason why I would need it since Jude would just eat from me when we returned. Well, something went wrong on the day we got home. My milk supply tanked. I am talking BAD STUFF. He tries to eat 247 and there is nothing. He is maybe getting a few ounces here or there....MAYBE. Thankfully I had 2 left over bottles frozen that he has already exhausted. I bought the Mother's Milk tea yesterday and Fenugreek so today will be day 2 on both of those. I have been trying to eat as much as humanly possible to get the supply back up. I am seriously PRAYING it works! The good thing is that Jude takes solids so I have been stuffing him full of those to try to fill his tummy! I have also been adding 1/2oz of water to the 1 or 2 ounces I get of pumped breastmilk just to make sure he is not dehydrated. I am trying to pump every hour on top of trying to feed him just to get things rolling.
On top of that my period returned with a vengeance. It is my first one postpartum and it is kicking my butt. Cramps out the wazoo and just general exhaustion. It is really exciting that Jordan and I walked so much that last day in London, I am talking miles people! We also climbed 527 stairs to the top of St Pauls Cathedral. I am still feeling that in my legs. It is also exciting that we did not sleep that last night and woke up at 5am (midnight OH time) and did not sleep on our flights home. I am weak as all get out. I am seriously a zombie. It is bad news bears around these parts. Say a prayer for my patience! Thankfully Jude is super cute, right!? PS Isn't HE HUGE!? This is him this morning...he is seriously sitting up and when he is on his belly he gets into a crawling stance. He needs to stop this right now! He is still a baby!:(
Any tips or tricks for me to get my supply back!? 

11 comments:

  1. That's so weird about your milk! I bet if you just keep pumping it will come back in a few days. Eat lots of good fatty foods, drink lots of water and pump pump pump!

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  2. I'm not a breast feeder so I cant help too much but I have been told that baby feeding helps a lot more then pumping, and that pumping isn't really much of a help at all. But what do I know?

    And dude, Jude looks identical to your other boys. Like seriously, hes a clone.

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  3. Grandma's cutie. Feed him his applesauce and pears, he loves them. He might be hitting a growth spurt as well. Just keep feeding him and your milk supply should be back soon.

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  4. I'm definitely no expert, as I'm still nuring my 7.5 month old and have yet to get my period back, but from a lot of the forums I've read, many women's milk tanks when they get their first period for a couple days but then it comes back fine. Hoping that's all it is with you and in the next day or two you'll have your supply back. I know how stressful it can be though making sure you have enough breastmilk to feed your little one. I struggle with that weekly when I have to pump at work. Saying a quick prayer for you!

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  5. Exactly what Haley said. You supply usually takes a dip when your period returns. You are doing what you should be. Extra pumping, extra feedings, Fenugreek, and drink LOTS of water. Also, try feeding Jude FIRST before offering anything else. And don't give up! You can get your milk back. It usually takes a few days or even a week, sometimes more. Good luck momma!

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  6. ALso, make sure that you still have him put his mouth on your nipple and try to feel. Something in his saliva helps you produce. And when you try to pump, have him in the room. These are all things that my doctor told me should have helped after I dried up. :-(

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  7. new[est] follower. I had this same problem when my period returned, but fenugreek saved me for just long enough that I could stock back up...hopefully it works for you! my OB told me that if you don't smell of maple syrup, all the time, while taking fenugreek then you are not taking enough! good luck and can't wait to keep following!


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  8. Yep like the other ladies said the period usually causes a drop in production for a week I think and him trying to nurse is better than the pump. I'll tweet you a link my friend just blogged about getting her supply back up.

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  9. lots of oatmeal & apple juice will help too!

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  10. ummmm yeah that first period is usually the one from hell ....LOL.....but at least Judes chuby cuteness makes up for it :)

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  11. Girl. Friend. My period just came for the first time since giving birth... and holy HELL. literally. I feel your pain. So terrible. Im so sorry. As far as the milk supply goes, try to not stress. As cliche as that sounds... just go with it. It will work itself out. God will give you the wisdom to deal with this moment by moment. Your baby will get what he needs, but just be sure to remind yourself that you are doing your best; and that's all you can do! You have what it takes. You can do this mama!

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