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Posted by: Kelly | 2012-06-20

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breastfeeding

im pregnant now and im on the pregnancy form and some lady said i must come here and ask my question here aswel

Can anyone out there tell me how can a person make there breastmilk stronger for a baby. im pregnant with my 2nd one and its a little girl and when my son was born i couldnt even breastfeed 2 weeks and i was dry, he drank almost every 30 min and didnt want to sleep untill i put him on formular then h=things changed.
I really and truely want to breastfeed this baby for 3 or more months as far as i can but is hoping to know is there any thing i can take now(7months) til she is born to boost up my breast milk.
My breast started to leak over the weekend but its not much.
Any advice on this will be so much apriciated and you would be a star in my eyes.
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Posted by: Purple | 2012-06-22

I can hear how worried you are. Seeking information while pregnant is a good way of ensuring success and reaching your breastfeeding goals.

Breastmilk is very easily digested by babies, so they need to feed very frequently. Feeding frequently also keeps moms milk supply nice and high, as whatever milk is removed from teh breast by baby is what is replaced by your body - so the more often baby feeds, the more milk you will have, the less often baby feeds, the less milk you will make.

At about two weeks, many babies have a growth spurt where they feed even more frequently for a few days. This is normal feeding behaviour.

There is a really excellent book that you could buy through one of the on-line stores - Amazon or Kalahari, or you could contact La Leche League to purchase a copy. Its called " The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding"  - it covers the normal course of breastfeeding and is extremely reassuring. My copy is well thumbed. If you could read this while you are pregnant, I think that many of your worries and concerns would be explained and you might feel a bit less anxious.

What also really helps with success at breastfeeding is good information and support. You might like to attend a la leche league meeting while pregnant and have leaders numbers on hand for the early times with baby. (its free) They are very kind people, and have been such a huge help to me, that I recommend them to pretty much everyone. The leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have done a course on breastfeeding. They share lots of helpful information. If you go to their web site w w w dot lalecheleague dot o r g and use the drop down menu to select South Africa you will go to the page with all the numbers for leaders aroudn the country and can find one or a few close to you. Under the resources tab and answer pages and frequently asked questions you might find lots of helpful informaiton as well.

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