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Old 04-25-2013, 07:48 AM   #1
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Help! I can't afford a lactation consultant!

Does LLL have free help? As far as I could tell from the few meetings I have been to, they can give you advice,but not actual assessment unless the leader is a lactation consultant. In which case I could hire them if I could afford them. But I can't.

I don't know who else to turn to immediately.

The back back story (This is not the situation with my new LO, for reference)
My DS was severely underweight at birth (IUGR) and was in the NICU for two weeks, he started latching once we got home. I nursed him exclusively for two weeks. He lost so much weight he ended up back in the hospital. After we got home I pumped and supplemented (with formula mostly) until he was four months old and gave up because it was too stressful and I found that I wasn't actually nursing him in order to save time in the nursing-bottle-feeding-pumping cycle. There were a thousand reasons our relationship was the way it was.

I had high hopes of things being different this time!

NOW: New baby girl:
So, my LO is 3 and a half weeks old and we discovered that she is loosing weight. Pediatrician knows all about it; she suggested I start supplementing, but didn't recommend pumping, in fact said she didn't think it was nec. I have been supplementing up to 1.5 oz every three hours, baby usually takes about 1oz.

I am freaking out because I don't want to loose what little supply I have and I don't know who to call.

It's been like this:
She was 6lbs, 14 oz at birth.
She was 6lbs, 4 oz at discharge at about 36 hours
She was 5lbs, 15 oz at first check up at 5 days
She was 6lbs, 2oz at 8 days

My milk came in very obviously on day 3.5, this was very different from my expereince with my son (with him I never felt it come in).

Week two went perfectly.

She started cluster feeding like crazy mid-week three and after three days of screaming after all feedings and switching sides for hours at a time ( I assumed it was a growth spurt) I felt more milk come in! I was super jazzed!

But she still looked super skinny to me and when we went back to the ped at three and a half weeks she was back down to 5lbs, 15 oz.

So that is where we are now. I don't know what to do.

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