My life now pretty much revolves around breastfeeding baby Erin.
I'm obsessed whether she's getting enough! My google search is all about breastfeeding - how to increase milk supply, latching, pumping, positioning, green poop, tips etc etc.
How I wish I have jets of milk like some mummies! My max production so far is 2 oz from one side (that's when I feed her on the other side) in the morning. But sometimes, it takes forever to just get 1 oz.
These days, I prefer to pump out milk because when I nurse her directly:
1) I don't know how much she's getting
2) Each nursing session can take very long, sometimes up to 1.5 hours. (she always falls asleep halfway thru) So, if I take the "nurse every 2 hours" rule, it's time to nurse her again in 30 minutes! And I feel as if my milk has no time to "refill" itself in that short time.
3) Sometimes, even after her super long nursing session, she cries the moment I put her down. Aaarghh!! Still hungry or just want to be carried???
But does choosing to pump rather than nurse directly affect milk supply? (my new approach is to nurse her one side, pump the other and then either store or feed her the pumped out milk straight away). Any other tips on how to improve milk supply? (I'm taking one cup of Earth Mama tea daily). I also worry about the foremilk/hindmilk imbalance cos she often has green poop (I get so happy when I see mustard yellow poop. I never ever imagined that the COLOUR OF POOP can affect my mood so much!)