Re: Coping with a growth spurt
I'm sorry I don't have much advice about reducing supplementation, but I did want to chime in and give you some encouragement to continue working hard to breastfeed. Please try not to worry about what other people are saying because you are the mother and you are following your best instincts to work hard and make sacrifices to give the VERY BEST to your child. How could that possibly be selfish!?! Don't give up, mama. You can do this and it will get easier, I promise!!!
One thing that I can say is that during a growth spurt, if you can nurse her more often, anytime she will take the breast, that would be best. That will encourage your body to make more milk to keep up with your daughter's needs. Like you said, the best thing to try to do is nurse her when she's not overly hungry so she doesn't get frustrated. Try doing some skin to skin contact to get her in a cuddly mood. Offer the breast when she is drowsy. Take a bath together (I remember my baby always wanted to nurse in the bath- so relaxing!).
Can you give us a little background info about why you started supplementing, about how much you supplement. Maybe give us an idea of your feeding schedule? That might help to give you more specific advice to help with getting away from the supplementation.
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