I breastfed my youngest dd for about three months until I had to go back to work and then I would breast feed her when I got home and then she went to formula sadly but there was quite a lot of information I learned. If you feel like something is wrong with your supply there are many different avenues you can take. Some people are anti pumping...I am not because I would pump for dd during my breaks.
I suggest getting a hospital grade one. If you have health insurance they will help you pay for it the downside though is they may pay for a really cheap one.Sometimes renting might be better if you get something way better then what your insurance company offers.
Ways to up your supply that I have learned are lactation cookies. Here is one recipe I found
Chocolate Chip Toffee Lactation Cookie, Ingredients:
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup oat flour (How to Make Oat Flour)
- 2 cups quick cooking/instant oats
- 2 heaping tablespoons milled/ground flaxseed
- 2 heaping tablespoons brewer's yeast (Brewer's yeast is a little bit bitter. If you find the bitterness coming through, just stick with two regular tablespoons rather than heaping!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup toffee bits
- 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- pinch of salt
Chocolate Chip Toffee Lactation Cookie, Directions:
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Pour into a parchment lined 9x9 metal baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 22 - 30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool. While still warm, use a sharp knife to cut into bars or squares.
- Store in an airtight container.
If you want something different pinterest has a whole bunch of them and there is also fenugreek now it doesn't make you smell the best all the time but it does help.
If you want a great book on breastfeeding Ina May Gaskin has a wonderful book about it called Ina Mays guide to breastfeeding. This women was a serious inspiration to me during my whole second pregnancy because her books taught me not to fear birth and to realize everything is temporary. Her breastfeeding book was also really great.
I am a big breasted women I am talking 46 DD and dd was very much fed well while she was doing breastfeeding so you big breasted women't think you can't breast feed to. There are several positions you can breastfeed in.Mine was always the football hold and the side one when she fed at night.
I am the "hippie' in my family so I also co slept when she was breastfeeding and was confident with it I dont suggest that for everyone it worked for my family so it was easier for me to breastfeed.
Just to add Always make sure you have the correct latch which will take a few tries. Before you leave the hospital with your baby make sure you speak with the lactation people they are so much help.
If anyone has anything to add please feel free to.