- Her Mother keeps questioning her about whether or not baby is getting enough.
- She pumped yesterday and only got a few ounces of breastmilk so her supply must be low.
- Her husband told her that they should just go ahead and put the baby on formula since they don't know how much breastmilk baby is getting at a feeding.
What did I NOT hear during the phone call?
- That baby is losing weight or not gaining adequately.
- That baby isn't having enough wet or poopy diapers.
- That baby seems fussy at the breast at every feeding.
- That mama has a physical condition that could lead to a low supply.
Nope, not one of these possible low milk supply signs was voiced by this mama. This call was mended fairly easily by reassuring this first-time mama that her baby sounds as though he is doing well.
I was able to point out that:
- Her baby is having plenty of wet and poopy diapers.
- Her baby eats well at the breast and falls asleep easily at the end of a feeding.
- The mama was able to pump 4 ounces in one sitting (even though I have now advised her not to pump when baby is so young).
- Baby is gaining weight well.
- Baby is active and alert when awake.
I made a few suggestions for this mama:
- That she bring her own mother with her to a breastfeeding support group meeting.
- That the mama let her husband and mother know that she needs them to be supportive and to not question breastfeeding so much.
- That she trust in her own maternal instincts.
Now if only this mama had more support around her on a day-to-day basis....I hope she finds some breastfeeding friends soon!