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Old 09-23-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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I'm curious to hear other mamas' experience with IGT. I have yet to successfully BF and its not for lack of trying! Anyone overcome this? I was able to pump 3oz total in a 24 hour period without her nursing, I stopped pumping, I've since dried up completely just like with the others, even though she suckles before and after every feeding. I just need reassurance that its not something I did wrong... Again. I can't imagine that it wouldn't work four times because I'm doing something wrong I'm just tired, tired of talking to midwives and LCs and my OB and my mom and my sisters, I'm so tired of everyone's advice. Tired of taking pills and supplements, drinking teas... They said it would get better with each child but it hasn't changed at all. The best part was my dr. giving me advice about what to do when I get engourged, I've neve been engourged, never had my milk "come in"...

Okay so I didn't mean for this to become a rant, sorry, emotional much?
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:32 AM   #2
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Don't beat yourself up! You did more than just try, you gave it your all.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:41 AM   #3
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My sister never got engorged. And her first time, her milk dried up after 6 months. she was really stressed, even got a clogged then infected duct. So she had a difficult time.
Do not beat yourself up about it. You tried and that is all you can do.
I know when I get super stressed, I have a hard time getting my milk to come out. Then I cannot pump anything and have trouble breastfeeding.
I know that is not the same as your situation, but you are producing milk. Do not feel like you failed because you are not producing enough. Maybe nursing or pump as much as you can, and then supplement? You are giving your baby some milk, so be proud of that
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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I donated to a mama with IGT. She nursed exclusively for eight months, then continued for two and a half years. I do know she used an sns the entire time and only nursed. She was able to build tissue and nurse 50/sns50 with her second child.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:08 PM   #5
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I don't know what IGT is but I am succesfully breastfeeding baby #3. My first 2 I never had milk come in. I pumped and pumped and pumped and never got more than a few drops. I tried everything. With this baby I got so frustrated because my milk wasn't coming in. I was so sick of LC's touching me, I was so sick of advice (like I hadn't tried everything possible) I basically gave up (I was still pumping because I was 100% sure) I was pumping one night (she was about 10 days old) and she started nursing and my milk came in and 8 months later she is still nursing. I make just enough for her (no extra milk) I do not think you are doing anything wrong.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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agree with the SNS bfing isnt all or nothing you can still have the experience even if your baby not comp on your milk
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:16 AM   #7
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I never had much milk with my 2 bio DDs. And I am an experienced maternity nurse!! I teach this stuff!!!! I have never felt let down, nor been engorged. My babies were always starving or sleeping! It sucked. Then we got our DS (by adoption) and I just popped him on with formula in a Lactaid nursing supplementer. Best nursing experience I have had by FAR!!! No worries if he's getting enough etc. He is now 22 months old and still nursing, although I haven't used the Lactaid since he was about 11 months old. Between eating real food and bottles, I have enough milk for what he nurses. I am so glad he salvaged my nursing experience.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:27 AM   #8
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I don't offer a success story only I have IGT and am currently trying to nurse my 5 day old little girl. It sucks!

I didn't have colostrum when she was born, that took 3 days to come in so I supplemented. I'm now producing about 45ml in total from both breast every 3 hours. However, she won't latch or suck my breast so it's all pump and syringe feed. I tried SNS today but it was a total gong show.

Like others have said, don't beat yourself up. My first I supplement the whole time, took 26 pills and day and pumped every 1.5 hours for 3 months before my body said I've had enough and stopped producing. Because IGT is so rare I find people just don't get it. They give you lists of things to do then expect it to work.
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