I’ve been trying to breastfeed for about 5 days. (Emory turned one week old at 4:05 AM.) I’m trying to get things going. It’s been a slow process. The hardest part is that I have no idea how much milk should eventually come out. I’ve been pumping. The pump helps because I am able to keep track of how much comes out in a certain amount of time but it doesn’t seem like that much yet. I can get about 2.5 ounces in about 15 minutes and then things die out substantially. The flow slows to almost nothing. Is this normal? Isn’t it supposed to be really strong eventually? There is no way, at this rate, I’d be able to support the little guy on my own. Well, that’s not entirely true, I might be able to, but he’d have to stay awake for hours and hours on end and I’d have to breastfeed him around the clock. I’m still having to supplement at least two feedings during a 24-period with Enfamil.
I’m writing today in hopes of getting a conversation started about breastfeeding. If anyone out there has stories they’d like to share, amounts they remember pumping, or hints about how to get things flowing faster, I’m all ears. And hopefully this post can and will help other new, breastfeeding mothers out in the future.
P.S. It’s now day 7 and I’m feeling a little less terrified that I’m going to unintentionally hurt the baby. He’s still entirely too delicate for words, but I’m becoming more secure by the minute. And then night comes and I get worked up again. Last night, the 6 o’clock news had me in tears. I was sitting on my bed, pumping out some breast milk for the late night feeds, sobbing. It was awesome.