As committed as we are, breastfeeding is so much harder than I expected. My milk didn’t come in until day seven, and it was the transitional milk (colostrum mixed with some milk), the color of the milk has changed over the past three weeks, it’s still not completely white but I am making progress everyday, this morning I pumped 5 oz at 5:30, the most ever! However, with the growing appetite the boys have, it just seems impossible to catch up. They are consuming between 16 and 24oz a day for donor’s milk, and we are learning and trying different strategies to see what works the best.
We called Dr. Young, our paediatrician today to get her advice on how to increase the milk supply, her opinion was pumping isn’t as efficient as letting the boys suckle for the purpose of building up milk supply. So we will put them at the breast more. Lin was actually satisfied this afternoon after staying on for about an hour – yes an hour, that’s why it’s so tough, because there’s no break in between the feedings. They are definitely more content and soothed breastfed rather than getting the milk from the bottles. They also have their rhythm of suckling, swallowing, and breathing, I noticed they make some interesting sound as well during the feeding, sometimes they even hold their hands, most of the time, they present mirror images with their fists right next to their faces – so adorable!
So I am eating a lot of oatmeal, drinking plenty of water, and we will try out the brewer’s yeast, and six packs of Mother’s Milk tea with Dr. Gil’s lactation formula. Some day, maybe I will have plenty of milk and I will have to freeze it 🙂