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Craftynonymous1 Wed 12-Aug-15 23:14:51

Hi. First DC milk came in on day 5, DC lost 12% of birth weight. I think partly due to trauma of birth, me being constipated and unable to eat etc and poss painkiller meds maybe made baby sleepy?
Desperate to avoid a repeat of this and wondering if any one had similar experiences but avoided weight loss? I'm clutching at straws as what will be will be but hoping tondo as much as poss to avoid. My plan is stay hydrated, take my own laxative meds in with me, refuse tramadol/opiate meds and eat as soon/much as I can, lots of skin to skin. Any other tips?

Craftynonymous1 Thu 13-Aug-15 09:25:25

Bump blush

Writerwannabe83 Thu 13-Aug-15 09:41:39

I can't remember exactly when my milk came in, I just remember waking up one day and my breasts were like rock hard balloons!

I have been told by BF Specialist that for some women their milk doesn't come through until 12 days and that's still within the normal range. She told me that the milk coming in is a biological instinctive response to the babies needs and it doesn't happen until the baby is ready for that type of milk, it isn't something that can be made to happen early. I was told that the skin to skin etc encourages baby to feed more often but skin to skin itself doesn't cause an earlier appearance of the 'milk'.

ChunkyPickle Thu 13-Aug-15 10:03:05

Mine took 3-4 days with the first (10% weight loss - on the verge of supplementing when it finally came in). I was also dehydrated, and had had an epidural, and didn't see DS1 for an hour while I was in recovery

With DS2, it was there instantly, no problems whatsoever, I'd had pethidine a few hours before, and a spinal block for the op, but no time apart.

Both births were EMCS (first after 3 day induction, second after over a week of natural, regular, strong contractions)

I confess I've never done skin to skin particularly - slippery baby, knackered, slippery me (hospital always so hot!) seemed like a recipe for disaster. I think that my body just knew what it was doing the second time.

piglet81 Thu 13-Aug-15 13:08:56

Following with interest for next time - my milk didn't come in until day 7, by which time we were back in hospital after a 20% loss by day 5 sad. Birth was EMCS after 50+ hours' labour, pre-eclampsia, syntocinon drip, 'failure to progress' and foetal distress, so we were both in a bit of a bad way and were separated for a couple of hours so on reflection I'm not surprised we had problems. It took DS until day 12 to learn to latch and suckle properly but since then he's been doing really well (13 weeks now). Do hope you have a better experience this time round.

PebbleTTC Thu 13-Aug-15 15:22:00

It was day 6 for me! I think lots of skin to skin helped

Craftynonymous1 Thu 13-Aug-15 17:08:25

Thanks for replies.
Piglet that sounds like my birth story too!
If I remember I'll post back in a week with how it went. I'm hoping that like pp has said, my body might remember this time..

HumpheadWrasse Thu 13-Aug-15 17:15:40

It was day 5 for my DC1 too.
Pretty much immediate for DC2 though.

luckiestgirlintheworld Thu 13-Aug-15 17:21:05

Day 5 for DS1, day 4 for DS2. I just put them on the boob constantly for the first few days, any time they are awake. I think that must help.

WillowB Thu 13-Aug-15 21:41:29

Day 5 for me after an Emcs.
DS ended up with jaundice and I was advised to top up with formula. That was pretty much the beginning of the end of BF for us.
Pregnant with DC2 & hoping my milk will come in sooner this time.

confusedandemployed Thu 13-Aug-15 21:42:38

Textbook day 3, despite emcs

MrsNuckyThompson Thu 13-Aug-15 21:45:28

Day 5 after a section.

We were saved by my having expressed colostrum before the birth, from week 36. I had tons frozen and DS had it by syringe until my milk came in.

You could consider doing this as a back up?

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