I thought I'd make a post where all us BFing Mamas can share our BFing knowledge, ask questions and provide support.
I'll also share a great BFing Facebook group I've been a part of since DS was born. It's full of experienced BFing moms, is relatively uncensored (in a good way), and has lots of Lactation consultants in the group that are happy to help in any way they can. https://www.facebook.com/groups/170367923031896/?fref=nf
Being an active member of the above group for 2 years, there are some common questions and concerns that come up very frequently:
#1 key to breastfeeding and milk supply success is hydration and adequate nutrition. You will hear stories about Gatorade, coconut water, 'the pink drink' from Starbucks or other juices being 'secret supply boosters'... But the actual secret is that these drinks all are very hydrating, contain electrolytes and usually a calorie source. So, the moral is eat enough and drink LOTS of water. I'm talking 1 pint or 500mL every feed, even if you are not thirsty. Just do it. Even in the middle of the night. Get a large water bottle and keep it full in the middle of the night. In these early days with frequent night feedings, also keep snacks nearby.
#2 99.9% of the time, when moms are concerned they are 'losing their supply' or baby doesn't seem satisfied, it is because baby is going through a growth spurt. They happen regularly, and you will have 24+ hours of baby insisting to be on the boob continuously. This is perfectly normal, as long as baby is making plenty of wet/poopy diapers and gaining weight. Most moms will say 'but she was only eating every 3 hours until today now she won't stop!'. Usually normal!
#3 If you are sick, the BEST thing you can do for baby is keep breastfeeding, ideally AT the breast. This helps you produce antibodies to protect baby and keep him from getting sick too, or in the very least, get a mild case. Just ensure you keep yourself as hydrated as possible in this case.
#4 MOST medications are safe for breastfeeding. MOST doctors have no idea what medications are actually safe and will suggest you pump & dump to cover their ass. Talk to a CLC, or call a lactation risk hotline like motherisk or lactmed for reference on specific medications.