Low Milk Supply
“Every nursing mom must define for herself what a successful breastfeeding relationship will look like. That may mean that I’ll give my baby as much as I can, and I will rejoice in my ability to do it.” – Anonymous
I heard this quote while listening to a podcast about low-milk supply on TheBoobGroup.com. I’d been breastfeeding my 7-week-old son (second born; Francis) for that sitting for almost an hour and there seem to be no end in sight. I dreaded the coming of the next on-demand feeding that was bound to begin in just 15 minutes. I felt myself sinking into the same darkness I felt when I attempted to exclusively breastfeed (EBF) my first born, Benedict. I just knew that I wasn’t meeting my son’s needs yet again. (more…)
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Breastfeeding is always something I knew I would do, there was no question about it. After a very difficult labor and delivery, I felt so blessed to be able to breastfeed. It felt like the one thing I had left. Though, like many other breastfeeding mothers, my journey has not been without struggle.
After a few weeks, and slow weight gain for my son, he was diagnosed with a very small tongue tie by my lactation consultant which had resulted in low milk supply for me. My son was not very efficient at the breast and easily lost energy. After a lot of hard work with exercises and help during nursing, he slowly regained strength and was able to nurse much more efficiently. But, my supply was left damaged. (more…)