Breastfeeding can be rewarding due to its many benefits. However It could also be difficult for some women but with adequate help from lactation professionals most mothers are able to breastfeed successfully. As a young girl growing up, I watched my mother breastfeed all her children with ease and thought that breastfeeding was easy but when I had my first baby, I discovered that it was really difficult for me to breastfeed. After my discharge from the hospital, I tried to feed the baby on the breast but was not successful, I also tried to hand express breast milk from my breast but there was nothing. I became sad and frustrated because I had always wanted to breastfeed my own children just like my mother did. I took my baby to see the doctor who sat me down and asked a nurse to teach me how to hold the baby and to latch my baby to the breast. I was also taught how to hand express breast milk.
As a breastfeeding counselor this is one of the issues encountered by several mothers who are new to breastfeeding. They ask me this same question “Why is my breast not producing enough milk and how will I know that my baby is getting enough to eat?”
Why is my breast not producing enough milk?
How will I know that my baby is getting enough to eat?
You know they are getting enough to eat: