Too Little Too Late?
December 18, 2009 11:18 PM Subscribe
Breastfeeding Filter: When is the breastfeeding window of opportunity over for good?
posted by Bueller to Health & Fitness (24 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I had a baby three weeks ago, tried breastfeeding for a couple of days and then had some complications and got very sick (infection and severe anemia). I was hospitalized and nothing happened on the breastfeeding front for almost two weeks and the baby went on formula and did very well. I was pretty much given up on as far as lactation specialists and breastfeeding was concerned. I tried pumping a couple of times and nothing. I was told that this can happen when anemic and sick, etc.
So, now at three weeks post delivery, it seem like my milk finally came in...a little. I can pump out a few tablespoons a day with a manual pump--the only breastfeeding supply I have since I wasn't expecting to be doing this. The kid will latch on for a few minutes at a time but doesn't get much this way. All my chances to see lactation specialists are over now (in regards to insurance coverage.) So basically now I pump a few tablespoons out and pour it in to a bottle with formula and allow the baby to latch on for a few minutes before he gets his bottle. He eats up to four ounces or more at a time, every three hours or so.
So, question: Is there any point to this? Do I have a shot at breastfeeding him or did the window close for me and now I am just running on exhaust at the tail end of my "milk comes in" window? It is time consuming and tiring to do both bottle/breast/pump like this. Is there a point to this or is it too little too late to matter that much.
I'm not a crazed "kid needs to be breastfed at all cost" person, however, I'll put in the time and work if it is advantageous and might improve. I'm ok with doing part formula/part breastfeeding too. Just trying to choose the best course of action (Greatest benefit to baby without killing mom with extra work).