I battled with nonexistent milk supply for eight weeks. I did everything and anything I could to establish a milk supply but it never happened for me. I didn’t just have a low milk supply … I had NO milk supply. What worked for other women never worked for me. I chatted back and forth with other moms who had babies around the same time as we tried different tricks, medications and schedules. All of them seemed to finally find what worked while I was left flailing, and failing. I’m not sure what happened, or why it happened to me, but I do know that I am a nursing mother’s biggest fan. I want you to succeed! And if something that I went through or tried can help you? Then so be it.
Yesterday on Facebook, a friend of mine left me a message thanking me for suggesting the book “Making More Milk” to her. She felt empowered and ready to push through the first difficult weeks of nursing armed with knowledge. Once that book was suggested to me, I DEVOURED it. I only wish I had read it before giving birth.
I wrote the most extensive 1,600 word post dedicated to those with low milk supply and that it has already helped one person? It was totally worth writing it. I encourage you to read it if you’re struggling with low milk supply to see if maybe there’s something you haven’t tried yet.
I have watched the breast vs. bottle wars from afar. I have been entrenched in them and I have come out the other side. I am mad at my boobs for failing me. I’m not the one that failed — I did everything humanly possible. It was these two fleshy parts that for some reason didn’t do their job. Regardless, with October being Breast Cancer Awareness month I have to take care of these milk duds regardless of how well they fulfilled their purpose, and so do you. If there’s any chance of you being able to breastfeed and you want to? You can do it, and I hope with my whole being that it works for you. If it doesn’t work? It didn’t work for me either. You’re not alone.
We’re all just doing the best we can. And no matter how our babies are fed? As long as we love them, we are doing something right.
Related: Breastfeeding wasn’t important to me — until I had to pump exclusively.