Get help from skilled medical professionals, and let go of an “all-or-nothing” mentality.
This guide was originally published on May 3, 2019 in NYT Parenting.
I will never forget being told by a lactation consultant that, after a 45-minute nursing session, my 10-day-old daughter had consumed only half an ounce of breastmilk. Early breastfeeding challenges led my husband and I to try a “weighted feed,” in which our baby was weighed before and after feeding. While it was devastating to learn how little our daughter was taking in, we were grateful for the information. It revealed the severity of the milk supply issue I was facing and helped us create an action plan.
Estimates on the prevalence of low breastmilk supply vary. While a handful of studies suggest low supply affects 10 to 15 percent of mothers,…
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