My Journey From Low Breast Milk to Formula Feeding, and Then to Breast Milk and Formula

On 16th September 2019, I was blessed with a baby through C-section, who has turned 18 months. Till now I am breastfeeding my child and this gives me immense satisfaction.

Breastmilk is extremely beneficial for a child’s growth and overall development. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the initial six months.

But initially, my breastfeeding journey was not easy. I had difficulty holding my son. I didn’t know how to latch a baby properly. I did no research on breastfeeding and thought it would come naturally to me. But I was wrong. I thought I was not producing enough breast milk and hence on the advice of elders, I started giving my child formula milk. The thought of not being able to breastfeed my child shattered me and I started feeling guilty. I went through postpartum depression for a whole month. Those days were horrible but I recovered from that too. After two months of my baby, I started doing a lot of research and found that:
  • The more baby sucks the breast, the more milk is produced
  • Feeding at night increases breast milk as a women’s prolactin levels are higher at night
  • Having adequate water
  • Having small and frequent meals helps in producing breastmilk
  • Having oats, protein biscuits, raw papaya, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and milk helps in increasing breast milk.

By following the above points I increased my breast milk and my child felt satisfied having breast milk. Formula feeding sessions became less and breastfeeding became more. But I did not completely stop formula feed. I alternatively gave him breastfeed and formula milk.

After six months. I started his solid foods with breastmilk and formula milk.

So my advice to all the expecting mothers and even new mothers is to research breastfeeding and never give up on breastfeeding and whatever be the quantity.

I hope my story helps you in successfully breastfeeding.

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