Early parenthood is a challenging time for most parents. They are bombarded with advice and suggestions about how to cope and get through that first year. The advice comes from everywhere: family members, friends, neighbors, healthcare providers, books, websites and random people at the grocery store to name just a few. Much of the advice is conflicting. Some suggest putting baby on a feeding and sleeping schedule from an early age. Others say to follow baby’s cues for everything.
Breastfeeding works on a supply and demand basis and the majority of women can and do make enough milk for their babies. Every woman’s body is unique, and while some women’s bodies make more milk than their babies need, others struggle to make enough. Milk supply is a complex topic and the information I give here may not meet everyone’s specific needs or fit every situation.