Brad and his sister were put on formula because their Mum “didn’t make enough milk” and she still believes that, after I have tried to explain it to her, how tiny their tummies are, etc. i just hope his sister listens to me and not his Mum in regards to breastfeeding. (Not that she has to do it, but not to give up in the first few days because she “isn’t making enough”)
I feel like the only person who didn’t freak out about whether or not my kid was getting enough milk.
I didn’t worry at the hospital, I didn’t worry once I got home. I didn’t worry when my milk came in and then regulated.
I just put the boob in her mouth when she cried and let her go at it.
For the first week, I wrote down every time she ate and every diaper I changed, but that was for the doctor. The hospital made me do it, and I just continued once I got home so that when the doctor asked me, I wouldn’t forget.
First child. Went almost my whole pregnancy unaware of being pregnant. I knee nothing. Just that my biggest fear was going to come true.
My milk didn’t come in until 3 days after we left the hospital. Just being in the hospital (I don’t trust hospitals/doctors, etc.) was stressing me out. Then knowing I wasn’t making milk yet, made me panic and stress beyond all reason. So I fed him formula because, guess what, he needed TO EAT.
Not a big deal tho. I’m anti-booby brigaders anyway. Not that YOU are one.
I’m just against the crazy ladies who think if your child didnt get booby its going to die because you’re a horrible parent. LOL.
My milk didn’t come in until sometime after we came home. That’s what colostrum is for!
Your milk isn’t supposed to come in until 3-4 days postpartum, but your body makes this wonderful stuff called colostrum which is ALL your baby needs to eat until your milk comes in. They have teeeny tiny bellies and they have been getting nutrients from their mother via the cord up until it was cut. THEY WILL NOT STARVE just eating colostrum. Such a misconception.
I just wrote about this! Addy didn’t really eat until day 4 when my milk came in too! My midwives told me she wasn’t going to starve and giving formula would be detrimental to my supply. So I just fed on demand. Here we are 26 months later…and she suckles all day while making me sing “mommy’s milkshake brings all the Addys to the yard”
My son was born on the Sunday and my milk came in on the Tuesday. I fed on demand and because I did that my milk came in quicker and I have no issues with supply. Babies tummies aren’t designed to digest formula, especially in the first couple of days of their life. Their stomachs are about the size of a marble, so they need feeding little but often. That’s what the colustrum is for. The more you feed on demand in the first few days, the quicker your baby will bring in your milk.
It baffles me how uneducated people are on the subject.
I don’t mean it in a “omg your so stoopid” way, but there should seriously be more pregnancy related education, not just sex ed.
Doctors and midwives don’t tell you these things because they assume you know, but how are you supposed to know if no-one teaches you?
It’s sad how many new mums think they don’t preduce (enough) milk, because they don’t know what colostrum is and what a baby actually needs right after birth.
Just keep your baby on your chest at all times and let him nurse immediately from birth (the sucking reflex is strongest during the first two hours after birth, so that is crucial) and your milk will come in in no time. Even if it takes a bit longer than the 2-4 days, you baby won’t starve.
Colostrum is liquid gold, even more full of nutrients than breast milk. Your baby needs very little of it, very frequently.
Just because your child is nursing more frequently than you feel comfortable with doesn’t mean s/he’s starving. Not before your milk comes in or at any time after that, as long as he is growing and has plenty wet nappies.