Re: HELP!!! MY MILK IS NOT COMING IN ENOUGH...
No, it is not true that you need to drink water (or milk) in order to make milk. As long as you are adequately hydrated, it doesn't matter where that hydration is coming from- juice, water, milk, whatever. Generally a mom need only drink as much as she is thirsty for in order to stay well hydrated.
I can understand your frustration with switching the baby back and forth again and again, but if you want to kick the formula that's very likely what you should be doing. This link covers weaning from formula supplements: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html
Regarding your baby's lazy suckle, that can be a side-effect of getting a lot of bottles from very early on. Babies often learn that bottles give easy rewards, and they don't have to suck hard in order to get the bottle to release milk. In fact, they barely need to work at all. I suggest seeing a lactation consultant for help with your baby's latch. When you say your nipples look weird after a feeding, can you describe that a bit more thoroughly? We may be able to figure out what's going on, and help you fix it.
Since it sounds like your baby is currently not nursing all that well, pumping has to be part of your routine. A few questions for you:
- what sort of pump are you using? (Make, model.)
- how does pumping feel? Is it at all painful?
- how often are you pumping in a 24 hour period?
- how much milk are you getting in a typical pumping session? (I.e. Are you making 1 oz total in a 24 hour period, ir is it 1 oz every time you pump?)
Hang in there, mama! You can kick the formula if you will do the necessary work.
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