A customer recently sent us an email about her breastfeeding journey with her four babies.
She writes: “My name is Jazz and I have fed 4 babies by breast, each for more than a year.
My first birth I lost 500ml of blood but was never given any transfusion so my milk took along time to come in. I was at the end of my tether after 5 days with hardly any sleep and a very hungry and angry baby screaming all the time.
My midwife checked my milk supply via a pump that morning only to get 5ml from both breasts. So we gave our daughter 50ml of formula and BLISS she slept for 3hours!!!
I keep going with breastfeeding before every bottle feed and went home that afternoon. Three bottles later at 7pm I went to do a breastfeed first and “wham” I had milk galore! I went from a C bra cup to a DD right then and there. “OUCH!” That baby was breastfed until she was 18 months old.
I had no milk supply problems at all with my other three babies, just mastitis with my last two.
Baby #2 was fed until 18months
Baby #3 was fed for 15months
and Baby #4 was fed for 11months as I dried up.
I hope my first child’s story can help mums keep trying even though it hurts (I was VERY VERY sore and engorged by day 5). I understand it is not going to happen for everyone.
Please use your mothers instinct if you feel you are not supplying enough milk, and get it checked.