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Milk Supply, Going, Going Gone?

Sometimes for reasons we may not understand at the moment, a mother's milk supply can falter. One supplement follows another.  A growth spurt gets ignored.  Solids are taking over.  An illness, trip away from baby, or other factors come into play and suddenly you realize that you are hardly nursing anymore.

Perhaps you decided to use formula and now your baby has an illness or allergy that requires mother's milk. Or, you may feel that you missed a priceless opportunity and want to try nursing your baby. More and more adoptive mothers are discovering that they too can breastfeed and want to entice their body into producing milk. Some new Mom's have had a surrogate carry their baby and they also want this precious experience.

Mothers have been successfully breastfeeding for ages. Along the way we have discovered many tricks to succeed. Every culture has its remedies for enhancing milk supplies. Modern medicine has even produced drugs with milk-making side effects (use with caution) and modern technology has produced a nursing supplementer that delivers milk to a baby nursing on an empty or low producing breast. In this new millennium, virtually anyone can breastfeed regardless of the status of their milk supply. By using a variety of techniques, a baby can be taught to suckle at the breast even if they started off sucking from an artificial nipple. Mother's milk supply can be reestablished or built up by frequent stimulation from babe or pumping and hand expression.

This takes time, patience and perseverance as Mom builds her self confidence along with her supply. The rewards are great for the entire family as nursing builds a better baby both physically and emotionally. Mom completes the circle of her womanhood through breastfeeding and Dad gets bragging rights for having chosen such an awesome mother for his healthy baby.

The World health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the US Surgeon General recommend at least a year of breastfeeding. Work places have discovered that nursing Moms take fewer days off to care for sick children and are providing nursing lounges and flexible schedules as we rediscover that breast is best.   

For those in need of a ten day, at home, crash course to help boost or reinvent a milk supply, Relactation Boot Camp is available*. This format works well for those with very low supplies or adoptive Moms who's baby is reluctant to make the transition from bottle to breast.   Now that you know that going, going, gone is relative and correctable, before you panic and reach for an artificial answer to a vanishing supply, check out your fluid intake (3 quarts daily?), your diet (3 healthy meals + 2 snacks) resting, thinking positively (I think I can, I think I can just like The Little Engine That Could) and lots of nursing (20-30 minutes every two hours) and skin to skin body contact with your baby. Reach out for help as you do not have to do this alone. Remember, Wonder Woman lives somewhere else. Yes, you can have it all, just not all at once. So delegate whatever you can and keep the best job for yourself.                

* if a long weekend of resting, drinking extra and nursings don't have you turning the corner, think about putting together your Survival kit & going to The Relactation Boot Camp.

Survival Kit:   Baby and current feeding equipment

Lact-Aid and large eyedropper or feeding syringe (maybe)

Pump of your choice or hand expression skills

comfy clothes

64 oz water daily plus a variety of liquids of your choice

easy to plan healthy meals (samples will be offered)

personal trainer on site- nice but not necessary

timer or alarm clock

" Off duty- gone to Boot Camp" sign to post for all to see.

Ann Sutherland