By put your money where your milkmakers are - 28/02/2022 13:00 - United States
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He's not entirely wrong. I tried to breastfeed my two children and never made enough, despite pumping after every feeding and every two hours to try to tell my body to make more. I worked with various lactation specialists. I drank copious amounts of water, I even drank the teas and ate the foods known to help "up" production. Not even homemade lactation bites worked; nothing did. I have several friends who were in the same boat as me, and a couple friends who were as lucky as you. He is right, you are lucky that you were able to make so much and have an oversupply. Pumping had very little to do with it.
While some produce more than others, pumping does increase supply. (Though if you stress about it too much – stress decreases supply.)
While you are correct on stress decreasing supply, what you said about pumping is actually a myth. Pumping is not a definitive diagnosis to increase supply. A lot of women do not respond to pumps at all and have to hand squeeze the milk out. Really the only way to increase supply is by removing all of the milk...which a pump does not do. If you have ever pumped and you give your breasts a squeeze afterwards, you will most certainly spray milk. In actual fact, the best way to increase supply is to have the baby on the breast more often because nothing removes milk better than your baby (as long as they are latching properly).
I'm sorry that happened to you. It was still a whole lot more than just luck that meant OP managed to produce milk. Pumping does often increase supply, which is why consultants suggest it. OP also put in a lot of effort to fill the freezer and donate milk and she deserves a round of applause rather than being denigrated.
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This is just someone throwing mansplaining out as an attention grabber. He was probably trying to say something about how she’s a good breeder (aka biologically attractive mate) and she decided to seek pity. Milk production is genetically linked some women produce more some less, don’t come on here trying to prove you’re oppressed by insulting the women that are amazing mothers but couldn’t/can’t breastfeed as long/much as they wanted, it’s a pathetic attempt at getting attention that you aren’t getting from your husband because you reject any compliments he offers.
I mean….without knowing the context he’s not wrong, I didn’t produce enough milk despite having a hospital grade pump and alternating between latch and pump every hour, I tried foods, teas, etc, nothing worked, I had 4 kids and was able to breastfeed only my last one