My New Favorite Blog that I follow called Milk Friendly
I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times while pregnant people would ask if I was going to breast feed. My answer would be well of course I am going to try but who knows how its actually going to work for me. Due to the fact that I was induced meaning my body wasn't ready to go into natural labor and I had to take petocin to start contractions, my breasts weren't ready to produce milk. Boy was that stressful.. I remember laying in bed on night #2 with a hungry baby, and I wasn't producing milk to feed her. So I asked the nurse what my options were and she said well.. you can give her formula but I highly discourage it. Made me sign a release form stating that I was told the cons of giving formula to my new baby, and that she might not want to breast feed once my milk came in because she had already been given a bottle. I literally stayed up till 3 in the morning staring at this form.. not knowing what I should do. Baby is fussy, I'm a new mom who wants nothing more than to breast feed her child and I can't. I asked myself over and over again.. why is this so hard.. I thought breast feeding was supposed to come naturally.. Well I gave in and formula fed my baby girl and guess what?! she breast feeds just fine! The lactation specialist said to me the next day, #1 goal is to feed your baby no matter how you have to do it, she needs to eat and don't feel like a failure if you have to give her formula. I have struggled with breastfeeding to this day and she's 6 weeks old.
I found this blog and I'm hoping its the answer to all my prayers, I emailed the author and she actually started texting me with tips on how to produce more milk. As of now we are having to supplement with formula because I couldn't keep up with how much she wanted and needed to eat. But we are now back to nursing 100% until she's full and no formula is the goal.
I have all these recipes for lactation cookies and an order to drink a TON of water and eat a TON of oatmeal. Fingers & Toes crossed that my supply will increase!
If only the "milk man" delivered.. & I've come to the conclusion I feel TERRIBLE for cows..
Xo Matt, Ashlie & Madeline