These questions may be keeping you up all night. Well, in addition to your newborn baby, who seems to constantly wake up screaming, causing me to doubt my ability to breastfeed.
How can this baby possibly be getting enough milk from me if she is waking up so frequently?
Is she hungry?
Is she fussy because she’s not full?
Most moms attempting to breastfeed ask themselves these questions. Even as a mama to four children, all who were breastfed, I still faced my own doubts and reservations at times. Add in a concerned pediatrician who is worried about growth and/or weight gain, and you have created a recipe for disaster.
Especially as a new mother who is already facing so many unknowns, feeling as though your baby may not be getting enough breastmilk can be discouraging, enough to give up on breastfeeding completely.
Feeding your baby can bring up many questions and doubts, but it is important to know that you are not alone. Whether you are navigating breastfeeding, unsure if breastfeeding will work for you and your baby, combination feeding, pumping and giving baby a bottle, or formula-feeding, you are an amazing mama for nurturing your baby and meeting their needs.
Let us walk alongside you in this journey and help you through some of the common questions you may be facing, including how to know if your baby is getting enough milk, how to troubleshoot common breastfeeding issues, and transitioning with weaning. As moms who have been through it ourselves, we're here to help you! Be reassured that you are doing an amazing job. The fact that you care so deeply is a reflection of the wonderful care you are giving your baby.