Back in school, do you remember the law of supply and demand? Well, breastfeeding pretty much works the same way. The more you feed, the more milk you’re able to supply.
I cannot be more thankful to the nurses in the hospital for strongly encouraging me to breastfeed every single time my baby was hungry. They helped me with the right position and guided me until my baby was latching well. I’m glad I didn’t give up even if my nipples were sore, cracked, and bleeding.
When the milk comes in, forget about routines first. Breastfeeding should be comfortable and painless. Offer your breasts every 2-3 hours. Let your baby finish the first one, the switch to the other. It may take around 20 minutes or longer to drain the breast or to obtain the hind milk (this is richer and higher in fat and calorie content than fore milk).
It also helps to gently massage your breasts towards the nipples especially if it feels hard or a bit lumpy due to the clogged milk ducts.
Feeding should be a relaxing experience and it helps to have everything you need beside you like water, something to read, and maybe a little snack.
I would love to hear tips from you about what you have tried in feeding your baby. Please drop me a note and I will get back to you right away!