As an (Emergency Room) ER nurse and a mom of 3, I care for my own sick babies and many others. I also teach parents how to comfort and support their baby through short illnesses. My children are 10, 9 and 3 – I would consider them generally healthy. But there were many nights my usually happy babies and children would fuss through the night, and my efforts to comfort them were met with more crying (from both of us).
Worrying about your milk supply is common and many moms deal with low milk supply at some point in their breastfeeding journey. It is normal to feel short on milk when your baby is going through a growth spurt or adjusting to a new schedule (think going back to work or teething). Try not to get discouraged and be prepared to add a few new skills to your pumping and nursing routine. There are many things you can do to boost your milk production, adding a little extra effort can have a significant positive impact on your milk supply.
There is a long list of the ways breastfeeding benefits your baby’s health. It provides the perfect nutrition for a growing human body and brain with no cost or preparation. Breastfeeding protects moms, too - by lower their risk of breast cancer. Just like babies, the longer you breastfeed, the greater the benefit to your health.