Breastfeeding is a truly incredible process. Not only do your breasts create tailor-made milk to meet your baby’s needs, they also provide the right amount. It’s a case of supply and demand. If your little one is going through a hungry phase (perhaps a growth spurt), she may want to feed more often and your body will instinctively make more milk to match her appetite.
Believe in your body
As long as your baby is latching well, swallowing well, and feeding on demand, your breasts will make enough milk. While there are a few medical conditions that affect a woman’s ability to produce breast milk, they only impact a small percentage of women. Most moms are physically capable of breastfeeding. If you’re struggling, speak to your healthcare provider and reach out to your support network.
It’s easy to say, but try not to worry about how much milk your breasts are making. Believe in your body. Your breasts are designed to produce milk in response to the demand from your baby. Feel confident that your body can make an adequate amount of breast milk for your baby. You got this!
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