The Pressure of Production: how far does it go?
A text was followed by an email, with basically the same message. Short, sweet, urgent: "What are tips for increasing production?" Sent by my sister-in-law, first-time mom to a four-month old, now back at work as an elemtary teacher, she wanted to know every trick in the book to keep supply ample, abundant.
Does production wane as the babies age? But, even more importantly, how we navigate and negotiate this constant pressure to produce, the constant burden to make more milk to nourish our young, the everyday need to make sure our babies continue to mark progress tracked by ounces and pounds. It is a worry and a stressor, and it can certainly mess with supply.
At what point do we introduce supplements? At what point to we throw up hands and say: "I just cannot make enough for you, baby girl, as much as I love you and as much as I want to make more." It's not for want that many of us cannot supply. Have you experienced this pressure to produce? Have you accepted other non-nursing avenues to nourishment for our littlest ones?