When you are sick, you and your baby will almost always benefit from continuing to breastfeed. There are very few illnesses that require a mother to stop nursing. Since most illnesses are caused by viruses...
by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Nearly all nursing mothers worry at one time or another about whether their babies are getting enough milk. Since we can't measure breastmilk intake the way we can formula intake, it is easy to be insecure about the adequacy of our milk supplies. The "perception" of insufficient breastmilk production is the most common reason mothers give for weaning or early introduction of solids or supplements. Although there is a very small percentage of women who can't produce enough milk no matter what they do, this is very rare.
Once you successfully make it through the early weeks of breastfeeding, and manage to overcome any problems you may have had in the beginning (soreness, engorgement, hormonal rushes, etc.) you usually experience a "honeymoon period".
While breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, babies are not born knowing how to nurse (although some do get the hang of it sooner than others). The art of breastfeeding in something that you learn by doing, and it gets easier with practice.
Most mothers are highly motivated to eat a nutritious diet during their pregnancies. Assuming that you ate an adequate diet while you were pregnant, you can produce plenty of milk for your baby by keeping up this motivation and making sure that you continue your healthy eating patterns during lactation.
All during my adolescent years I dreamed of having larger breasts, and my best friend and I (both six feet tall and bearing a striking resemblance to Olive Oyl) even did those silly exercises bust building exercises that never worked but just made us feel silly...
A nursing mother produces 23 to 27 ounces of milk per day, containing 330 milligrams of calcium per quart. This requires an extra energy expenditure of at least 500 calories per day. Good nutrition is therefore just as important for you as it is for your baby.
A mom asked me recently "Should a natural mama ever consider using a pacifier?" I know there are experts who disagree with me, but the short answer is Yes, I could see that happening -- Rarely. Every baby is different and some simply have very strong comfort sucking needs.
Most pregnant women are nervous about whether they will be able to breastfeed. Successful nursing starts with your intention. Here, 9 strategies to insure happy breastfeeding for mother and child.
Now I pump exclusively which I do every 2-3 hours (I go 5-6 hours at night though for some sleep) I am also currently on Domperidone. My problem/question is why is my supply not any better?