Heartbreaking, isn’t it?
When you have determined to exclusively breastfeed your newborn since birth..
But things didn’t go as planned.
You already nurse your baby all day and night.
Your nipple bled.
But.., your baby keeps losing weight…
With poor diaper counts
And finally that sentence-that-you-don’t-want-to-hear was out
Your lactation consultant asked you to start supplementing.
It seems that the earth stops spinning
You feel inadequate as a mom
How could you not provide enough for your baby?
You almost choked as you feed your baby with his first formula
Deep inside your heart, you wonder, “Could this be the end of my breastfeeding journey?”
Let me tell you something…
Breastfeeding is not all or none.
Yeah, you read that right.
If you cannot exclusively breastfeeding your baby, that’s totally fine.
Some breast milk is still better than none, and while you do supplement, please keep continue your breastfeeding effort.
But you ask, “How can I?”
Supplementing has such a BAD reputation of ruining breastfeeding journey.
Is that true?
The truth is.. the answer depends on YOU.
We all know that unnecessary supplementation will do more harm than good.
But we also know that if you have milk supply problem, the number 1 rule is to feed your baby! Be it with donor milk or formula, you got to do it.
But at the same time, do your best to find out what cause your milk supply issue, and how to solve it.
I myself started supplementing my first baby when he was 3 days old. That supplementing continued..
That supplementing continued.. until he was 18 months old.
But did I stop breastfeeding?
Nope, not at all..
I still breastfed him until he was 24 months old.
Are you supplementing while breastfeeding?
Or, do you plan to?
And so in this article, I would like to share some of the things that you should know about supplementing while breastfeeding.