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And your milk ran away ...
The fact is that it is at this time of day that the level of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production, is the highest in the woman’s blood.
If you answered “no” to all the questions, most likely you managed to organize breastfeeding correctly, and the decrease in milk secretion is due to other reasons.
This may be a lactation crisis - a temporary physiological decrease in the amount of milk, usually associated with an uneven (stepwise) increase in the energy needs of the child. Duration of lactation crisis - 3-4 days, at least 6-8 days.
For a healthy and well-fed baby, lactation crises are not dangerous. If the mother is attentive to the needs of the baby, she simply increases at this time the number of attachments and the duration of the feedings - in response to the child’s increased appetite and increase in his sucking activity. In most cases, this quickly leads to the required increase in lactation.
The reasons for a temporary decrease in milk secretion may also be physical fatigue of the mother, nervous tension, or anxiety. In this case, you can not do without the help of loved ones - they should, if possible, free the woman from domestic work, show participation and attention to her. And in this case it is also worth increasing the frequency and duration of attachment of the child to the breast.
In all these cases, the question of stimulating lactation or the supplement of the child is decided individually, 6–8 days after the discovery of a temporary milk deficiency. And the mother cannot solve this question on her own.
Starting to take actions to preserve and increase lactation, mothers sometimes expect immediate results. However, the human body is not an automaton, and the improvement is gradual, over several weeks (if, of course, breastfeeding is adjusted correctly). Weight gain depends on many factors and its absence does not always mean that there is not enough milk. This may be the child’s response to improperly organized care, a tense atmosphere in the family, a pause before the next increase, or maybe the child is sick.
Dear Moms! I beg you to listen to my advice:
1. Do not put yourself a diagnosis of "lack of milk", contact a specialist (consultant for lactation). Remember that you have a 97% chance of making a mistake!
2. If you start to change something in your attitude to breastfeeding, follow any of the recommendations read, be sure to consult with those who have already done this, consult a breastfeeding consultant or at least an experienced mother who has breastfed more than one child. It is impossible to establish breastfeeding from books and films - this experience is transmitted from mother to mother only through direct contact.
3. If you are trying to increase the amount of milk and are doing everything possible for this, do not rush to despair at the first failures, have patience, and you will succeed.
Stories from the practice of consultants:
Like without water?
Katya turned to a dairy consultant with a complaint about a lack of milk: her daughter did not put on weight at all by 2 months. What a surprise the consultant was when it turned out that Katya was actively supplementing the child with some water - up to 500 g per day. She believed that she was feeding her daughter on demand, but most of the child’s requirements were satisfied by water. Feeling a sense of false satiety, the child, appearing at the breast, sucked sluggishly, inactively and, of course, did not receive enough food.
It cost Katya, on the advice of a consultant, to stop watering her daughter with water, as the picture has changed dramatically. The girl began to suck a lot and often. After counting wet diapers in just two days, Katya found that the child was sucking enough milk (10 wet diapers per day). A week later, the whole family was surprised - the girl added 200g at once! Now the girl is 6 months old, and Katya continues to breastfeed her.
She does not fall asleep
Marina called in a fright: her girl does not eat enough. When she arrived, the consultant saw a three-week-old girl sleeping peacefully and a frightened mother: “She will wake up now, eat a little, and then stop!”. Indeed, the girl woke up, took her breast, sucked for 20 minutes and happily lay back, smiling at her mother. “Well, what is this? - Marina was worried. “See, she hasn't had enough.” "Why do you think so?". “She is not falling asleep!”. From further conversation, it turned out that Marina was used to the fact that her daughter fell asleep immediately after feeding. When the girl did not do this for the first time, Marina decided that she did not have enough milk. The consultant explained to Marina that her daughter was simply more curious than the children of her age. She definitely needs a little “walk” before going to bed - look at her mother, smile, talk, etc. After that, she is likely to eat a little more and fall asleep. As you get older, the time of the “walk” will increase and you should not be afraid of it. On the contrary, it is worth to be happy for such a developed girl.
You are deceiving us!
For the first month, Lena's son did not add a single gram, he managed to lie down with his mother in the hospital. He was lured by the mixture, but this did not improve the situation. Periodically, the baby sucked at the breast, although without much sense. After learning mothers to properly attach, the baby took the breast in a way that it never took. “So this is how he should suck!” Lena was surprised.
Son did not let my mother 20 hours. Periodically, he was dozing, but he didn’t let the nipple out of his mouth, and if they tried to remove him, he immediately began to suck. “I got hungry, poor fellow,” the homeworkers decided. From that day, everything slowly went smoothly. Lena learned how to take care of the baby - bathing, swaddling, wearing on her hands. The first two weeks the baby gained only 60 g. But even that was a huge achievement compared to the monthly weight loss. The next two weeks, the gain was 120 g per week. For the third month, the child added 1kg 200g.
The doctor of the children's clinic said: “You are deceiving us! In breast milk, it can not add so much - because you did not have milk, where did it come from? ”. Lena only smiled - she was no longer afraid of breastfeeding problems.
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