Monthly MythBuster #1: Many Moms Can't Make Enough Milk for Their Baby
Yet, a majority of moms stop breastfeeding because they THINK they don't have enough milk. As a mom, it seems like our "Mom" job description says we must worry about everything, and sometimes that worry is justified: Maybe baby is losing too much weight or gaining weight slowly. If so, we should look for the reason why. A common reason may be that baby is not getting a deep enough latch which makes it difficult for baby to transfer mom's milk. Learning how to tell if your baby is latched properly; the sounds and signs that baby is actually drinking milk while at the breast; how baby's output (poops and pees) can tell you about how much they are taking in; and proper follow-up with your baby's healthcare provider, may help ease the worry.
As Dr. Sears says: "Breastfeeding is a confidence game, and nothing undermines a mother's confidence like being afraid her baby isn't getting enough milk."
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