... one week after delivery I was diagnosed with an uterine infection, therefore I was forced to stop breastfeeding and had to start feeding my baby formula because of the antibiotics. 5 weeks later and after multiple hospitaizations I can now breastfeed again, which I am soo happy about, but even thou I pumped n dumped as much as I possibly could and still have my milk supply, it seems as if im not producing enough for my baby. I can give her about 2-3 good feedings a day, usually in the morning, however after that she just never seems satisfied. she wants more, so im either not producing enough or my milks not fuflilling her needs. I still pump as much as I can when shes not breastfeeding but my supply doesnt seem to be changing. im not ready to give up yet, especially since my baby girl has ALOT of problems with formula. and I still have my heart set on breastfeeding. so if u have any ideas or can offer any help that would be wonderful. thank you
Almost all mothers go through a period of questioning whether their milk supply is adequate, especially when they first begin breastfeeding.
Many women think their milk supply is low when it isn't. Remember that it is a demand / supply process. Frequent nursing, even if you do not feel like your breasts are full, encourages increased milk production.
A baby going through a growth spurt may want more milk than usual, and his more frequent feedings may leave your breasts less full than they have been.
You are best to talk with a lactation professional. She can weigh your baby and give you tips on how to boost your milk supply.
You may be a bit lower on milk BUT remember that breast milk doesnt form as firm a curd in a babies stomach as formula does so she will need to feed more often on breastmilk than she did formula. She wont stay as satisfied as long on the breastmilk. It is not unusual to need to feed every 1 1/2- 2 hours on breastmilk where a formula baby might go 3-4 hours between feedings. This is normal and expected so dont think that this is the baby not being satisfied. If the baby seems hungry put her on the breast. This is the best way to encourage more milk flow. If she still seems hungry after the breast milk is depleted, follow up with a bit of formula. I liked the powder formula because I could mix just as much as I needed. Try to be patient. It is good that you are determined!! Even if you need to supplement with formula, any breast milk is better than none!! Be sure you are consuming enough calories (about 500 extra) to produce enough milk and keep taking your Prenatal Vits. Consulting a lactation consultant is a wonderful idea!! You can ask the hospital where you had your baby if they know of any in your area or you may even look in the yellow pages for one.
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