Okay, so first of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your new addition! Second, good for her for wanting to be a working breast feeding mom, kudos! So I'm sure while you were in the hospital, you were given the spill about how much better breast milk is for baby, and how much cheaper it is for parents than bottle feeding, right? There are multiple benefits of breastfeeding:
-Bonding for mom and baby
-Most cost effective
-Mom's passive immunity for babies immune system
-Good nutrition in the form of various vitamins, minerals, and tastes for baby to gain and experience
The benefits are endless. As I'm sure they told you.
However, a stressful environment can also affect the milk supply. She can try stress reduction techniques as well as herbal supplements like Fenugreek etc to try and increase the milk supply. Skin to skin with the baby helps with the let down of milk, and strictly breast feeding allows her body to know how much it needs to make based on how much the baby is eating. But for working moms, this can be incredibly difficult. Has she tried pumping her breast milk through out the day at regular intervals? This can also stimulate the hormone in her body to produce more milk. She could also call a local WIC office and ask to speak with the lactation consultant, or contact your pediatrician. There are multiple resources at her disposal if she wishes to continue breast feeding, even it it's minimal. It's not too late to salvage some effective breast feeding techniques. Truthfully, the benefits of breast feeding outweigh the benefits of formula, however, formula is made with everything a baby needs to thrive nutrition wise. The most important thing to remember is if baby is getting the nutrition and vitamins it needs to maintain adequate glucose and calorie intake levels, and is gaining weight adequately, then it doesn't matter what you're feeding it. The point is to allow the baby to thrive on whatever method you should choose to use nutrition wise. To even incorporate 1-3 bottles or feedings per day of breast milk to the baby would still be very beneficial. But formula these days has come a long way and the baby will have everything it needs either way. Don't worry. Sometimes it just comes down to convenience and how mom can keep her sanity the best, sometimes that means giving up the sometimes stressful breast feeding aspect. Breast feeding is no easy task, it requires a lot out of a mom and is ultimately their choice to start or continue. The fact that the baby has breast fed at all is an accomplishment in and of itself. Remind your momma that no matter what she chooses, she's wonderful and she's doing a great job! All moms could use some reassurance now and then. Especially with new babies around.