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This is a question I hear from a lot of moms who are doing everything right, following all the advice and still they’re not producing enough milk for their baby.
I met with Elisa*, a mom, who I’d cared for throughout all of her 4 pregnancies. She was the kind of mom who makes it all seem so easy. She juggled part time work as a nurse while also caring for her children. She breastfed her first three children exclusively without any issues and said to me once, “If I can do it, then there’s no reason why every mom can’t breastfeed. I think it’s just laziness.” Elisa was dismissive of the reality that many moms face. Then, without warning, the unexpected happened with her fourth child.
Elisa is shocked
Elisa’s pregnancy and delivery were uneventful, she even took more time off for this fourth baby, because she knew he would be her last. Elisa wanted to enjoy and savor the time she had with her beautiful baby boy. I called to check on her 1 week after her delivery and she was distraught. Her milk hadn’t come in. (more…)
New Moms are confronted with a gazillion new things to learn, cope with and react to. Many new moms haven’t spent a lot of time around babies and children, which makes the tsunami of feeding, diapering, sleeping and recovering from childbirth issues overwhelming.
It’s hard to know what to do when there is no magical book that tells you exactly the type of person you are, match it with your baby’s temperament and add in to it all of the unpredictable factors like labor and delivery experience, breastfeeding issues, sleep, crying, spitting up, you name it.
Feed Me – I’m Yours
Feeding babies is a highly emotionally charged experience when you break it down. Some parents worry that the baby is not getting enough to eat and could become sick. Others, worry that the baby is eating too much and will be overweight. All of this is dependent on parent’s own relationships with food, how much their baby weighed at birth, whether they’re growing appropriately on the weight chart. It’s difficult to not obsess about these things. (more…)