MS, RN, and IBCLC Corky Harvey explains how the majority of mothers today believe they aren’t producing enough milk, even when the evidence shows only …
– It's really interesting to me
that so many mothers today still think
that they don't make enough
milk for their babies
when in fact we have the
evidence to support the idea
that very few of us cannot
make enough milk for our baby.
It's probably only 5%.
So, why do mothers feel this way?
What evidence shows is
that the leading cause
of breastfeeding failure
is the belief that we
don't have enough milk
and that's contributed to
by not having education
that tells us not only how milk is made
but how to get milk started
and how to maintain a good supply.
We have to have normal
anatomy and physiology
in order to have a good milk supply,
but the motor that
really drives milk supply
is the removal of milk.
So, if you're not nursing enough,
if you're supplementing
and not taking milk out of your breast,
you're not gonna have a great milk supply
so mothers miss that piece
and it's very important to have a class
before you have a baby to
know who your helpers are,
where to go to ask your questions
before your baby is ever born.
But the second thing I think
that's really contributing
is that people in our culture
do not know what babies are really like
and particularly the difference
between a formula-fed
baby and a breast-fed baby
and there's information quite
new that's really helpful
and that is that the variation
on how often a baby will feed
and how much they take at the
breast is incredibly wide.
Babies will vary their feeds
once milk is well-established
from five or six times
a day to 13 times a day
and what dictates that
is how much storage capacity
a particular mother has,
how much stomach capacity a baby has,
and how fast that little
baby's stomach empties
and it can empty in as much
as 40 minutes, 48 minutes,
maybe 90 minutes, but
as little as 40 minutes.
So, moms need to know
those kinds of things
instead of comparing themselves
to each other all the time.
The third thing that I
think is so important
is so many moms think
that breastfeeding is supposed
to be easy and natural
and it really isn't.
It's a learned skill for many people
and you need to know where your help is
and access it until you get over the hump.
(light hearty music)

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