Re: Helping out a friend
Is your friend currently nursing, nursing and pumping, exclusively pumping, or none of the aforementioned?
It sounds like what you're saying is that after she gave birth, her milk came in and then dried up almost immediately. That seems almost impossible. When a mom experiences something like that, it's often a misperception or a failure of breastfeeding management. Often a mom will mistake normal supply for low supply, presuming that she needs to feel engorged or full in order to make sufficient milk. Or a mom will think that her baby should eat only every 3-4 hours, and that she should stretch the intervals in between feedings, something which causes supply to decrease. Or a mom will supplement with formula "just until her milk comes in", not realizing that supplementing will increase the time it takes for her to see milk and will decrease the amount she will make. Do any of those possibilities seem like a good match for your friend's situation?
In general, here is all that is required for a mom to create and maintain an adequate milk supply:
1. Nurse on demand, even if that means nursing every hour.
2. Do not supplement with formula.
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