low supply

Theresa - posted on 10/10/2014 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi, I am a new mom. I have been breastfeeding since birth and its been going great but I dont have a good supply. I have been supplimenting with formula and I feel so guily. My baby girl is 7 weeks. Has anyone else experienced low milk supply and felt guilty?

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Manisha - posted on 10/14/2014

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yes you r right theresa...dont stress too much..these things are not in ur hand..just relax and spend as much time as possible with ur baby..all dat she need is u..so stay with her..

Theresa - posted on 10/14/2014

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I think what I have come to understand is that I have been stressing too much. As much as want to breastfeed exclusively, my body and lifestyle(going back to work to soon) makes it so difficult. I want to enjoy her while shes still so young and not blame myself for not making enough.

Sarah - posted on 10/13/2014

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Theresa, do you want to increase your milk supply so you can try to go back to just breastfeeding? In your original post, you asked for help with feelings of guilt. Sometimes, it is just too much to try to fix the supply issue and that's why I avoided the pains I went to to increase my milk. I was so focused on my supply that I did not enjoy my baby. I was worried and paranoid about his weight constantly. Give yourself a pat on the back for nursing your baby. Then relax, do what fits best for you and your family and enjoy this time, it is fleeting.

Manisha - posted on 10/13/2014

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I understand your problem.but you should not feel guilty..its not in your hand..i can suggest you something which may enhance your milk production..try roasted cumin..just a teaspoonful with water 2-3 times a day..it increases milk production..and also take bath in warm water and pour the water on your breasts..well this worked for me and more importantly milk supply is according to the demand of the baby..the more you will breastfeed the more will be the production so try to bf ur baby as frequently as possible...good luck!!

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2014

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Never feel guilty for doing what you need to for your child. Chances are that working has decreased your supply - doing too much will sometimes do that. If you are breastfeeding her most of the time and supplementing at other times, you are still doing very well, she is getting the best from you that she can :)

Theresa - posted on 10/10/2014

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I've tried everything. I nursed so often and tried to pump when she was sleeping. Nothing brought my supply up. Now I am back to work and she is with me (preschool teacher) but I dont have the time to breastfeed during the day. I would rather feed her formula and know she is getting enough to satisfy..but I still feel guilty that i am not enough

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2014

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The trouble with supplementing is that you will not be able to build your milk supply. So for most people, it is like a double edged sword because breastmilk works on supply and demand. If you are supplementing, you are essentially reducing demand. Right now, your first plan of action should be to feed more frequently to help build up the supply. Or have you already tried that?

Theresa - posted on 10/10/2014

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The lc weighed her before and after eating. She said I should be supplementing.

Sarah - posted on 10/10/2014

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I really struggled with my first baby too. He did not gain weight and the doctor wanted me to supplement. I was so stubborn and stuck on nursing him that I saw a lactation consultant. To make a long story short, I was able to up my supply and nurse. However, I look back and wonder why was I so stuck on nursing? Somehow I felt like successfully nursing made me a better mother. I was foolish and I missed out on enjoying my baby because I was so busy pumping etc. The bottom line is you are nursing so be proud of that, you are giving your baby a gift. When kids go to school you can't pick out the breastfed from the bottle fed. Enjoy your baby, enjoy the time you do spend with her nursing and forget the rest. Infancy is so brief, you care enough to ensure your daughter is nourished. Be it formula or breast milk.

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