When you are planning to go out with your nursing child, you may have some fears about nursing when your baby needs to feed. Your nursing baby can go with you almost anywhere—and with a lot less hassle than you would face if you were fussing with formula and bottles.
The number one reason mothers give for abandoning breastfeeding is the belief that they do not have enough milk. And some mothers do not have enough milk, but typically this is due to early mismanagement of nursing often in the first days and weeks of the baby’s life. Infrequent feeding, poor latch techniques, or the late onset of milk production can all lead to low milk supply, to mention a few.
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You may know a mother whose milk supply is low or that her milk supply has dried up for reasons in or out of her control. Maybe you are blessed with an abundant supply and think that your extra milk will be just the thing to share.
Maybe you are a mother who had breastfeeding difficulties that lead to a low milk supply or perhaps you weaned prematurely and now have regrets. Your baby may or may not have trouble with infant formula but now wish you had a full milk supply for your baby. Maybe you know of a mother who has a freezer full of milk that she expressed for her baby in preparation for her return to work or just for a “rainy day”. Or maybe you know of a mother who boasts she could “feed the neighborhood”!
One of the worst complications that can happen during breastfeeding is developing a case of mastitis. Bacteria in the breast can lead to a breast infection.
Some mothers are late in diagnosing a case of mastitis, as the symptoms are similar to the flu; feverish one minute, experiencing chills the next. Headaches are common but having a fever distinguishes it from the symptoms of a plugged milk duct. In addition to fever, usually a pink or red area on the breast is visible. Some mothers may not see a pink or red area unless they carefully inspect on the entire breast including the underside of the breast in a mirror. Mastitis not only causes a mother to become quite ill, but it also places her milk supply at risk.
Probably the number one reason that mothers abandon breastfeeding is not having enough milk. There are many reasons that this can occur. Most often, specific babies are at risk for poor feeding and certain mothers are at risk for developing low milk supply. In the best hospitals and birth centers, these mothers and babies are often identified prior to discharge to prevent excessive weight loss or poor weight gain in the newborn. But all too often, they are not.