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Name: briseis
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I've been reading through some posts on women trying to breastfeed, and am concerned that some women say their milk just stopped, or they had no milk to give their babies. Is this common? And does anyone know why this happens? Perhaps I'm naive, but I just thought all women produced enough milk to feed their babies without the need for formula? I'm 19-weeks, and just want to be prepared for what might happen when I do attempt to breastfeed.
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Name: atomicsnowflake | Date: Apr 13th, 2007 12:35 PM
It is very rare for a woman to be unable to breastfeed. The women who's milk stops usually supplementing and not breastfeeding frequently enough. If you are breastfeeding then you must do it as often as the baby demands and you can also pump inbetween if you feel that it's not enough. There are herbs and medications that you can take if for some reason, your flow isn't enough, but these are only usually needed because the baby has been in NICU or a woman has had a breast reduction and may need a bit of a boost.

You should bear in mind that the lactation hormone, Prolactin is produced in the greatest quantities during the night, so you must continue to breastfeed at night and not supplement with formula just because it's an easy option.

If you plan to breastfeed then don't give formula top ups as this will fill the baby up too much and they won't get the urge to breastfeed - your milk supply will suffer. Breastfeeding is a case of little and often in the early days/weeks until you're established. Breastfed babies don't gain weight as quickly as formula fed ones as well.

Find out as much as you can about breastfeeding before you deliver so that you're as prepared as you possibly can be. The herb Fenugreek will help to boost your milk supply if you feel the need to do this. It's fine to take after you deliver. Don't give formula though - unless you decide to give up breastfeeding completely. It's virtually impossible to do both. Once babies get the taste and feel of formula milk, it's not possible to get them off it. It takes no effort for them at all to take from a bottle and it gives them a good full-up feeling in their stomachs - they'll get used to this feeling and prefer it over the breast. It's such a different technique - this is what puts babies off the breast in many cases. 

Name: julie23 | Date: Apr 14th, 2007 4:15 AM
For me breastfeeding just isn't working!!lol..people who say breastfeeding is easy are sooo lucky! It just simply didn't work with my 23 month old, and this time I wasn't sure if I wanted to breastfeed even when he was born, so I waited till 2 days later when I was super engorged, the pumped..he wouldn't latch, the public health nurse came to help..it just didn't work.. so I pump every day, but now my milk supply is drying up and I have to pump 3 times to fill a 3 oz bottle.. it's almost not even worth my time to do it! but anyways..lol... i'm sure your body will be able to breastfeed,you just have to be more pushy toward it then I am! 

Name: LindsayK | Date: Apr 15th, 2007 3:10 AM
Briseis-My daughter is 6 months now and we've been lucky enough to have no b/f problems. I've always had enough milk for her and am able to pump if needed. She's never had formula once and I don't intend on ever giving it to her. I'm going to nurse the full year until she can have cows milk. So anytime you have a question feel free to ask! 

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