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I realize this board isn't very active, but I am hoping someone can answer my question. You always hear that breastfeeding is beneficial because your milk changes to fit your baby's growing needs. Is that true for a baby who only receives expressed milk? I've heard the milk changes as it receives messages through your baby's saliva, so I would assume the answer is no. I have severe anxiety with breastfeeding and my baby barely latches. If I was able to nurse once a day would that help change my supply to be more beneficial? Also I have to use a nipple shield because I have severely inverted nipples, does saliva pass through the nipple shield? Any insight would be great. I have done multiple Google searches and haven't found any real evidence.
Thanks in advance,
I can't give you an actual answer. I pumped at work and breastfed at home but also used a nipple shield the entire time I nursed. I want to say that our body not only gets cues from baby but also from the amount of time you nurse. I don't think your body will create the same milk at 1 week as when the baby is 10 months.