Often women feel they're losing their breastmilk supply and switch their bubs to formula, regretting the decision. This is a thread for help and support.
I've noticed this a lot on the hub and thought maybe a thread would help someone who doesn't know where to look for help.
Experienced Breastfeeders, please feel free to add to this
Please, however, seek the help of a lactation consultant if you really feel something is amiss, I'm not a doctor, an LC or an ABA counsellors. Breastfeeding is simply a passion of mine and I wish to help others who want the help.
Common Issues which may bring thoughts of "Lack Of Supply".
I can't express a drop!!
Lots of women can't!! My SIL breastfed her three babies and could never express! Her youngest was exclusively breastfed until 11 months and not a drop was able to be extracted!
In the early days some women think their milk hasn't come in as they're unable to express very much - remember that your bub doesn't have a very big stomach.
I had no milk when he was born
For the first 3-5 days (on average, can be up to 14 days) the breasts leak colostrum. Don't discount this as it's liquid gold!! Colostrum is one of the best things for your baby in those early days. Milk generally won't "come in" until day 3-5 and until then Colostrum is the way to go. If your baby is still hungry after a feed, keep going! Keep feeding him - again the suckling tells your body how much milk to produce and when! (our bodies are great!!)
I don't feel full anymore
I remember freaking out about this. My boobs suddenly returned to being normal boobs! I wasn't engorged, they weren't *as* huge and they actually felt like boobs! While I freaked out, you don't have to - this is normal!! It was described to me as something great as my body is working exactly as needed - it knows how much milk, it knows when, so they don't need to be big hard rocks - the milk is still there if bubby has a feed a bit earlier, but.. gosh it's nice to take the bra off and not walk around with boulders clanging together!
I used to leak, and now I don't!
Another rejoice! Again your body knowing the whens and the whys! I think I threw my breastpads out at 8 weeks!
Let down now occurs when I'm feeding my bub, not when I think about it and again - this is all normal boobie behaviours.
My baby won't stop eating!!
Never fear! Growth Spurts are here!
Babies typically go through a few spurts in their first couple of weeks, then at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 4 months, 6 months and 12 months. Growth spurts are designed to do the suckling thing - supply-on-demand. The more often you feed your bub, the more milk your body will produce! We're amazing!
My advice for this time in our lives is to set up on the couch, have the water and the remote nearby and just enjoy the cuddles.
Remember, however, your baby can't read books, some growth spurts come before the nominated times, and some after. Don't stress and remember she's working with you to get what's needed!
I'll add more to this post as I think of things. I hope it helps just one person.
And remember a lot of this is anecdotal advice, and advice given to me when I was freaking out Should not stand in the way of a LC or any other boobie-expert!