Re: Planning to BF...common problems?
I'm not an expert by any means so I guess I just want to give a little mother to mother support. I didn't really experience any problems breastfeeding, I was incredibly lucky and I ended up on the boards for sleep support and learned form these mamas the most valuable information I could have imagined and I'm sure many will chime in with their experiences.
What I can tell you is that low supply is extremely uncommon and very misunderstood. If you don't supplement and nurse on demand which is all the time for a newborn you should be fine. Try to avoid artificial nipples like bottles or pacifiers for at least six weeks to build your supply. Just hang out with your new bundle and nurse and let everything else slide. Take all of the help you can get.
Many mamas think they don't have enough milk during growth spurts, which are commonly around 3 weeks and 6 weeks. Just push through it, stay in bed with baby if you need to and just let the little one nurse away. Your milk supply will catch up to their needs and soon you'll both be breastfeeding like pros.
Congratulations again. Stick around, everybody here is incredible.
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