anyone have any helpful tips on a successful breastfeeding? My last one wasn't as I had wished it was, so this being my last pregnancy I would love to breastfeed. Any breast pump will work? Does the mothers milk tea help any?
The key in my opinion is to nurse non-stop for the first 6 weeks. At least, it feels that way. Since your LO will be needing to eat every 2-3 hours from the start of one session until the start of the next (and in the beginning it can take a good 45 minutes per nursing session) you'll have about a 1 - 1 1/2 hour break before you need to nurse again. Don't take this as a sign you need to supplement. It doesn't mean you don't have a good enough supply. It's just nature's way of building up your supply. With all 3 of my kids, I viewed the first 6-8 weeks as boot camp. Once you can suffer through that, it's easy sailing! A lot of women give up during that time because it is so hard early on, and/or begin supplementing because they think they need to, and that leads to problems. If you pedi is telling you to supplement due to weight gain issues, than of course, do it....but a lot of times women just take that step on their own, and your long term supply will suffer. GL!
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