Re: New Mom trying to pump and needs some advice
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1. No, not necessarily. There are many causes for sore breasts. Fullness/engorgement is just one of them. Can you describe what you're experiencing a bit more fully?
2. No. Most nursing moms need only drink to thirst in order to produce sufficient milk. Remember, the quantity of milk you need to produce is not large- most babies drink just 2-4 oz at a time. No need to replace that relatively small amount of liquid with a huge 8 oz glass of water!
3. In general, you measure the baby's input by her diaper output and her growth. A baby who is wetting and pooping enough, and who is gaining weight at a normal rate, is a baby who is getting enough to eat. In rare cases where the baby is not wetting/pooping/growing enough, it may be helpful to measure intake more precisely, which can be done by using a professional baby scale and weighing baby before and after feedings, and then subtracting the before from the after.
Can you tell us some more about what's going on with you and your baby? How old is your baby? Are you having any issues with nursing like pain, engorgement, baby being unwilling to latch? Are you comfortable using formula at night, or would you like to get rid of it?
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