Re: Frustration & about to give up BF
Welcome! I am with the PP that it sounds like things are going really well, and that your major problem is one of confidence, or rather lack thereof. As long as baby is gaining weight normally and producing a normal number offer and poopy diapers, breastfeeding is going perfectly on the most fundamental level, and all you really need to do is to tweak the fine points. It sounds like you were really dedicated to pumping and you've landed yourself in an oversupply situation. But that is okay- oversupply can be managed without wrecking your supply. All you have to do is feed on demand- even if that means feeding every hour, as the PP mentioned- and stay away from the pump as much as possible. The longer milk sits unused, the more the body throttles back on supply. So if you can forgo the pump altogether, do. But if doing so makes you unbearably uncomfortable, you can pump or hand-express just enough to restore comfort. Your supply will still adjust downwards, just slightly more slowly than if you skipped pumping altogether.
Is there any reason why you need to be pumping, like returning to work? If so, there are a ton of super-experienced mamas who can help you work pumping into your routine without causing a huge oversupply.
Hang in there, mama! Nursing really does get easier as the baby grows. And we'll be here for you every step of the way.
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