There are lots of reasons to breastfeed, or not to breastfeed. The more you know the easier it is to succeed at it. No one should have to give it up just because they didn't know the little tricks of the trade that can make a big difference!
here are mine
*see a lactation consultant, even if you aren't having problems! I saw one once prenatally, once in the hospital, and 1 week post partum. They really help you with the confidence that you CAN do this and your baby IS getting enough to eat
* do not to pacifiers for a good two weeks. The baby needs to do all its pacifiying at the breast to build your supply and to help the baby "learn" how to nurse. You will feel like you have a baby on you constantly, but its only a stage and it will pass
* DO NOT SUPPLEMENT! Don't listen to people who say "oh s/he nurses so much because s/he's not getting enough to eat" or "my baby gained weight much faster than yours is!" even doctors can fall into that trap. there is a separate growth chart for breastfed babies that reflects this weight gain difference. The standard growth charts were constructed off of formula fed babies decades ago. Once you start supplementing your supply will drop, and baby will fall in love with those easy fast flowing bottles. As long as your baby has plenty of wet diapers he is doing just fine. Supplementing is probably the biggest mistake a breastfeeding mom can make.
* expect growth spurts. they happen about every 2 weeks for the first several months. Your baby will nurse constantly and you might worry that your supply has dipped because you aren't engorged and the baby ALWAYS wants to eat. This is normal. If you went to the fridge every two hours no one would worry you aren't getting enough to eat. Same for babies, they are eating every two hours to satisfy their calorie needs, NOT because they are starving to death.
*fenugreek and oatmeal both increase supply
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