I know a lot of new moms like me who have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. A lot of us also want to stay committed in feeding our babies the best that there is (which is obviously, breast milk!), but a lot of us have concerns and go through obstacles that make us feel that we could not stay committed to breastfeeding.
Before I gave birth, I did what any mom would do. I actively sought for information about breastfeeding. I joined the breastfeeding classes being offered by Medela Moms. I also joined the one bring offered by LATCH. I read articles about it and probably watched a ton of videos in YouTube.
That was a lot of preparation. And, yes, I felt prepared and raring and daring to go do this.
A week before I gave birth, that was when all the doubt came. I feared that I would not have enough milk. I started taking malunggay capsules (moringana) when I heard that one of my preggy friends was already taking. My mom and a friend gave me milk enhancing teas, which I took immediately after I gave birth (i took 5 tea bags to the hospital).
It was a scary thing not knowing if I would have enough supply for your little one.
Fortunately for me, milk came right away. I had my c-section operation in the morning (11 am). I had milk that afternoon (6 pm). I thought I wouldn’t have milk, since my mom said she didn’t have milk when she gave birth to me and my sister. What I learned from classes kept me going. They taught us in the breastfeeding classes that every mom who gives birth has milk.
I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding already for three weeks now and my pronlem now is that Zeeka seems to have increased her appetite already. Just a week ago, she was contented with 1 to 1.5 oz of milk every feeding. Now, she’s only contented when she takes in 2 oz. I directly feed her but I also express milk when I can. I already want to store milk, but it seems like shes always hungry, and so she ends up taking all the milk that I expressed plus all the milk that she takes from me when she feeds directly. At the end of the day, I feel so drained, tired and frustrated.
I’m excited to attend this seminar by Medela moms at the Medela House this coming Saturday, since I really want to know how I can increase my breast milk supply.
If you have questions about maintaining or increasing your supply, do sign up! Medela has really helpful seminars that you can learn from. 🙂
Have you encountered any barriers in maintaining or increasing your milk supply?