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coming from a new mom who recovered from preeclampsia with a preemie who was locked in NICU for two weeks, i would say to be gentle and to show her rather than tell her. this didnt happen for me, but i wish it had. sit with her and show her how the baby latches and if she can afford a scale, get her to weigh the baby before and after each feeding if she really needs to be reassured that the baby is getting enough milk (she might not believe anyone after the scare that nurse put into her. but numbers dont lie). tell her that if she lets the baby nurse every hour or two just for a few minutes, this will increase her milk supply more than feeding every three hours will. tell her about fenugreek. tell her that this will work and tell her how its worked for so many others throughout history.
and if on the small chance that she really cant produce enough milk after a few days of really trying with all the above steps, tell her it isnt her fault and to keep trying because breast really is best and tell her all the reasons why this is so.
Momma to DS 1, age 8 and rainbow baby DS2 4-21-11.