Congratulations on making the decision to breastfeed your baby! Having grown up in Peru, I witnessed countless women breastfeed in public and saw the lifelong benefits. The confidence and ease of these women ensured I would one day breastfeed my own children. They made it look so effortless, and I truly thought my experience would be easy. Sadly, I am one of numerous women who experienced a traumatic start.
When my son was born, I immediately put him at my breast and he was latching. I did not see any milk supply coming in, and asked my midwife for advice. She indicated “the milk is there, but you don’t see it”. She further noted the baby’s stomach is so tiny, and he really did not need much milk.
Establishing Breastmilk Supply – Tips from Birth to Day 3
By day three, I had no milk supply, my son developed jaundice, and he cried non-stop. At the time, I was sure my son was eating, but we discovered he was a “pretender”. The jaundice is what triggered a visit to the hospital, and after an examination, the nurses asked if they could feed him by bottle. Sure enough, my little one drank the entire bottle in a few minutes. For the first six weeks, my son ended up being breast and bottle fed.
Establishing Breastmilk Supply – Tips from Day 3 to Full Production
How did I get my milk supply? First, I received amazing support from a lactation consultant. I started pumping, drinking lots of water, and also took Domperidone for the first week. By week two, I was feeling more relaxed and my anxiety level was reduced. By week six (yes, magical week SIX) I had finally obtained my full milk supply. It was my biggest achievement ever! It made me realize breastfeeding may not be easy, but it is worth all the challenges.
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Nurture-Elle Sizing Guide
We recommend that you simply order the size you are used to wear. If you are in between sizes, it's usually advisable to go up to the next size.
Si vous êtes entre deux tailles, vous pouvez commander la taille que vous êtes habituée à porter. Il est généralement conseillé de réduire à la taille suivante.