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Previous Entry Need Help Feb. 1st, 2005 @ 06:29 pm Next Entry
I'm at the point where I'm about to give up entirely on BFing, unless someone can figure out what is going on here.

I've had enormous difficulty with breastfeeding. First, my son had kidney problems that made it physically impossible to keep up with his demand. He literally was compulsively thirsty and drank every hour.

Second, my breasts are anatomically unusual. My glands are all under the aereola, not spread through the tissue like most other women. I had to see several lactation specialists before I found one who could help me modify normal latch techniques and pumps so that I could BF and/or express milk.

Third, I kept bleeding for 8 weeks postpartum. My uterus never contracted enough and I had open blood vessels that just kept bleeding and I kept having the afterbirth contractions every time I nursed. I also had huge difficulties with supply because of this. Over the weekend my OB gave me meds to contract my uterus all the way in hopes that it would stop the bleeding and contractions.

Well, the meds fixed the bleeding issue, but I'm STILL having contractions every time I nurse. And even worse, BFing makes me exhausted. If I BF on demand, by the end of the day I cannot even speak, I am so tired.

I'm going to talk to the Dr. about the pain issue, but what about the overwhelming exhaustion? When I breastfeed only a few times a day, I am fine. But if I try and build my milk supply by pumping/feeding every 2 hours or if I feed on demand, I cannot function by 2 PM.

Has anyone else had trouble with exhaustion from BFing? Anything I can do about this specifically? Is it perhaps a medical issue?
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From:so_there
Date:February 2nd, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm curious, did you have pitocin at your birth? if you did, that could be causing the extra uterine pain.
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From:punkrockgrrrl
Date:February 2nd, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
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My son was induced 3 weeks early because of complications. I had prostin gel, pitocin (for like 18 hours), and an amniotomy.
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From:lauraj
Date:February 2nd, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
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i have heard tat if even a small bit of the placenta is left behind in the uterus after birth it can cause bleeding for longer than 6 weeks as well as really messing with your hormones and milk supply. was that ruled out?
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From:punkrockgrrrl
Date:February 2nd, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I had an ultrasound last week. This is how we discovered I had a hematoma in my uterus and that it hadn't contracted enough to cut off the extra blood vessels- hence the extra bleeding. I was put on methergine which contracted me back down quickly.
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Date:June 2nd, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)

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You may have a condition called insufficient glandular tissue, where the milk glands are concentrated around the areola (as you describe yours) but are not enough to fully sustain a baby. Other symptoms of this condition include breasts not changing during pregnancy, milk not "coming in" fully, and breasts being widely spaced and having a tubular shape. Look under "Neifert" and "insufficient glandular" for more information.

Emilia (emilia_e_murphy@yahoo.ca)
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