Most of the women I know when I talk about breastfeeding says they have low milk supply that’s why they were not able to sustain breastfeeding. I was in the same shoe when I first become a mom. I was so exhausted, my nipple was inverted, my supply was low, my baby kept crying. These were my reasons, and these are the biggest mistake I ever had being a mom. So let’s go ahead and talk a little bit about women’s capacity to produce milk.
Am I capable of breastfeeding?
Human are mammals. This means that we are capable of producing milk, lots of it. Some of you would say, this is only because I am blogging about breastfeeding. But just so you know, this is something very personal to me. I was not able to breastfed my first born because of my excuses. Over time, I was able to learn through my own experience and from joining mommy forums too, that women do not run out of milk. We run out of milk if we stop doing it.
My supply is very low
Normally, human can produce milk through supply and demand process. So it is normal for our breast to supply little milk at first because newborn babies only drinks 1-3 ounces every 2-3 hours. Yes it looks like our baby is demanding for more because as an adult, it’s already in our instinct to feed our baby with a lot of milk although they don’t need that much. Unlike formula milk, breast milk only needs small amount to supply the nutrition that a baby needs. It contains a lot of nutrients nga maka busog. So they do not need a super lot of milk in the first weeks of breastfeeding.
Most reasons why milk supply is poor
This is most common for first time moms. When a baby is poorly latching to your breast, they can’t get drink all your milk supply. Tendency is the production of milk will slowdown because the breast is not yet empty.
Taking medications or herbs
I have read in Today’s parents that taking some cold medication, parsley or peppermint can affect your milk. So if you have colds or unwell, it is best to check with your doctor and make sure to inform that you are breastfeeding so they can prescribe you with a medication that is safe for breastfeeding. Peppermint is something that I have tried too, because peppermint is one of my tranquilizer before I got pregnant, and I noticed that it affects my supply. It’s case-to-case basis though.
Infrequent feedings, or not feeding at night
Since milk production is based on supply and demand, if you do not feed frequently, then our body will not produce more. It is highly recommended to feed every 2-3 hours. Around that time too, based on my experience, my breast will start to feel full so what I normally do when my baby is still sleeping, is to express it. I was lucky to have a friend who lend me her breast pump those days as it helped me a lot.
It is ideal for our babies to nurse for about 10 minutes each sides. Feeding lesser than that will not give him time to drain the milk for your breast. So stay patient and enjoy the moment nursing your baby as it will not only help him, but you also, in order to produce milk.
When a baby grows, their appetite will also increase. For first time moms, this milestone may not be very obvious because we cannot see our baby grow literally. But along with your baby’s growth, our breast milk supply also has to grow. So if you feel like kulangan pirmi si baby, this doesn’t mean that this is the end. Don’t get stressed, it’s time to pump more, feed more, in order to produce more.
When I first had a baby, I had a lot of reasons that were valid for me at that time. This is because I lack knowledge about how to produce more milk. I was not into internet those days too because I fear about the radiation and such, and mothering blogs were not that much available before.
This is something that I do not have before since my mom just stayed with me a month before I gave birth, and few months after.
Support system is very much important for first time moms. Breastfeeding is something that you need to prepare yourself mentally that is why you have to condition your self to breast milk, from the moment you get pregnant. There are a lot of resources nowadays that you can find online that will help you weigh things out and decide whether or not to breastfeed.
If you decide to breastfeed, it is important to inform your partner about it. You both needs to work on it. Breastfeeding is not a job for moms, but also for dads, and the people around you.
I strongly suggest to join mom groups online so that you will be able to hear what their experiences are about breastfeeding. Joining mommy groups or following forums and pages about breastfeeding and parenting will also be of help.
Do not be influenced by people who do not breastfeed. These people do not know how it is to breastfeed and it only gives you negative comments that doesn’t help you in your breastfeeding journey.
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Again, breast milk supply comes in demand. It will produce more milk when the breast is empty. So the best practice to produce more milk is to keep expressing it.