It took four days postpartum for my milk supply to fully come in. Prior to that, I was able to pump colostrum and was seemly dry afterwards. Although I had the lactation team to coach me, I didn’t have any experience to pull from because I’m a first time mother. I pumped the recommended eight times per day for at least fifteen minutes and all I could produce were little droplets. I grew frustrated and toyed with the possibility of not being able to nurse my baby. On the fourth day, I began pumping just before sunrise and to my delight, my milk finally arrived! I was filled with joy because my pregnancy didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped. I would have been devastated if I couldn’t breastfeed.
- Utilize all of your resources. Do not hesitate to contact your lactation specialist for help.
- If you are pumping, make sure to schedule eight sessions throughout the day. Even if you only have time to pump for 15 minutes, that’s better than skipping . It’s important to empty your breasts in order to trigger your body into producing more milk.
- Make sure you use some type of lubricant on your nipples to protect them from getting dry and cracked; I use castor oil.
- Stay hydrated! Your supply is affected by your water intake.
- Eat a well balanced diet and continue to take your prenatal vitamins so your baby can receive the nutrients.
Must Have Products
- Nipple shields: Makes it easier for your little one to latch on. Also, they can be used if your nipples are sore.
- Boppy Pillow: Provides support and comfort while feeding.
- Breastfeeding/Pumping Log: It’s very easy to get off track and forget things while adjusting to a new baby. Having a log (paper or digital) will keep you on track of your feeding and pumping schedule.
- Aspirator: If your baby starts to spit up or choke, you can suction it out with a manual or battery powered aspirator.
- Castor oil: Prevents dry and cracked nipples.
- Large Water Bottle: Replenish your fluids all throughout the day.
- Comfortable chair: A designated place for you to nurse your baby.