I am consistently having conversations with lactating mothers in the store. The common story often sounds like this, "I am not making enough milk." "My milk didn't come in so I had to use formula." "I had a hard time nursing." "I gave up, I was in too much pain." "The baby just stopped nursing suddenly." On and on like this.
Breastfeeding has so many benefits, it's a lot to list them all... here is a huge bunch of reasons: http://www.notmilk.com/101.html
New mothers need support so they can focus in the first few weeks of life with their new baby to master the art of breastfeeding. Almost every mother can breastfeed. The common story can, most often, be overcome. There are herbs, foods, homeopathics, balms, nursing holds, techniques, encouragement, etc., that can be essential to help a mother succeed.
It takes time for milk to arrive, sometimes more than a week! Figuring out latch takes time and patience. Stress should be managed. Proper nutrition is important for the mother. The foods mom eats can give digestion challenges to the infant (sulfur based foods for example) which turns the infant off of nursing. As well, there could be a physiological reason, such as tongue tie, preventing a good latch. There could also be unseen emotional energies blocking the mother, a mother or mother-in-law judging her or someone else working against her.
If formula must be used, the best I have come across is the following from the Weston-Price Foundation:
To help with latch, here are some
great resources from Dr. Jack Newman.
Lactogenic Foods and Herbs
Based on the Book
Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide
By Hilary Jacobson CH.HU.SI.
Dietary Guidelines Following Birth:
Getting a good start the first few weeks after birth can be helpful in supporting the onset and development of a mother’s milk supply:
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