Hi there! Co-founder Melissa here to follow up Erin's beautifiul self account with a little breastfeeding 101. As a mom-midwife duo we share many nursing expereinces between the two of us. We have spent endless nightshifts on labor and delivery helping new moms nurse for the first time. We have navigated through nursing our own children. We have encouraged a friend to feel comfortable the first time she nurses in public and offered support without judgement when a patient makes a difficult nursing decision. At goodbody goodmommy we have infused these experiences into creating the multitasking cardigan, knowing that every baby feeding journey should be supported.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age. Then continuing to breastfeed for up to one year while complimentary foods are being introduced.
Understanding how much milk a newborn needs is always easier when we can see exactly how much the baby needs. We have always been amazed by how fast a baby’s belly growsand hope this chart helps you as much as it has helped us!
Breast Milk Supply
Prolactin is the primary hormone responsible for stimulating the mammary glands. After you meet your baby, estrogen and progesterone levels fall, thus allowing prolactin to do its job. When your baby sucks, it promotes prolactin as well as oxytocin. This means that your baby sucking will dictate how much milk you make.
Many people recommend many different foods and herbs called “galactogogues” to stimulate milk production. Fenugreek and milk thistle are frequently recommended as they do have an existant, although small, body of research supporting their use. Keep in mind, use of herbal supplements should always be done under the guidance of a provider. Goodbody goodmommy feels confident recommending oatmeal, brown rice, salmon, asparagus and hummus for helping with milk production. These foods are all so yummy and part of a great balanced diet for new moms anyway.
Breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby and give your baby great nutrition as well as immunity from common ailments. Have confidence in yourself through this process. If for some reason, breast isn’t best for you — or you find that pumping and giving your baby your milk through a bottle is what works for you — we support you!