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Is My Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?

Helping a Mom When Baby Isn't Getting Enough

Moms worry enough as it is -- then add to that the anxiety about whether the baby is getting enough to eat. For some, it’s enough to make them not want to even attempt breastfeeding again. Fortunately, in a majority of cases, the problems of why a baby isn't getting enough milk can be overcome.
 
It is crucial to help these moms gain the confidence and receive the support they need to learn new breastfeeding techniques. Family, friends, lactation specialists, healthcare providers -- these are all great sources to reach out to when you are faced with the problem of your baby not getting enough milk. Reach out and ask for help. It may just be a simple adjustment in how your baby latches on that will make breastfeeding effective and successful. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
 
Once you have overcome the underlying issue of why your little one isn't getting enough milk, it's important to keep your milk supply up. You can do this by letting your baby nurse frequently, at least 10 times in a 24-hour period. Also, make sure you are consuming plenty of calories and fluids. Lots of water is essential for helping to maintain good milk production.
 
In addition, rest and relax! If you are worn out and stressed, it will only cause more problems. Try to rest when you can and relax while you have that bonding time with your nursing infant (see Taking Care of Yourself While Breastfeeding).
 

Staying Positive

Mothers who breastfeed are in a vulnerable state. Sometimes, they are venturing into new territory, and it can be overwhelming and terrifying because they feel they lack the confidence and experience to be successful. Even moms who have breastfed before may encounter new problems the next time around and be confused as to why the process isn't going as smoothly as it did before.
 
If you are worried your child isn't getting enough milk, try not to become panicked. Stay positive and look at the facts. Is your little one having enough wet diapers and stools? Is he or she gaining the appropriate amount of weight? There are some simple ways to determine whether your child is getting enough milk.
 
And if your baby isn't getting enough milk, the solution to the problem can often be a simple one. Letting your healthcare provider or lactation specialist assist you in getting through these issues can help you breastfeed more effectively and help your little one grow and thrive.
 
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