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And your milk ran away ...
The fact is that it is at this time of day in the woman's blood that the level of prolactin, the hormone responsible for the production of milk, is highest.
If you answered "no" to all the questions, most likely, you managed to organize breastfeeding correctly, and the decrease in milk secretion is caused by other reasons.
This can be a lactation crisis - a temporary physiological decrease in the amount of milk, usually associated with an uneven (stepwise) increase in the child's energy needs. The duration of the lactation crisis is 3-4 days, rarely 6-8 days.
For a healthy and well-nourished child, 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 applications and the duration of feeding - in response to the child's increased appetite and increase in his sucking activity. In most cases, this quickly leads to the necessary increase in lactation volume.
Causes of temporary reduction in milk secretion can also be physical fatigue of the mother, nervous tension or anxiety. In this case, one can not do without the help of relatives - they should, if possible, free the woman from domestic work, show her participation and attention. And in this case it is also worthwhile to increase the frequency and duration of the baby's application to the breast.
In all these cases, the issue of stimulation of lactation or child supplementation is decided individually, 6-8 days after the discovery of a temporary lack of milk. And this question mom can not solve independently.
Starting to take action to preserve and increase lactation, moms sometimes expect immediate results. However, the human body is not an automaton, and the improvement is gradual, within a few weeks (unless, of course, breastfeeding is properly established). The gain in weight depends on many factors and its absence does not always indicate that milk is not enough. This can be a reaction of the child to improperly organized care, a tense atmosphere in the family, a pause before the next increase, or maybe the child is sick.
Dear Mom! I beg you to listen to my advice:
1. Do not put yourself a diagnosis of "lack of milk," contact a specialist (lactation consultant). Remember that you have a 97% chance of making a mistake!
2. If you start to change something in your attitude to breastfeeding, do some of the recommendations read, be sure to consult with those who have already done it, a breastfeeding consultant or at least an experienced mother who has nursed more than one child. It is impossible to arrange breastfeeding on books and films - this experience is transmitted from mother to mother only with direct contact.
3. If you are trying to increase the amount of milk and do everything possible for this, do not rush to despair at the first setbacks, be patient, and you will succeed.
Histories from the practice of consultants:
How without water?
Katya turned to the dairy consultant with a complaint about a lack of milk: her daughter did not gain weight at all by 2 months. What was the consultant's surprise when it turned out that Katya actively dopaivaet child vodichkoy - up to 500 grams per day. She believed that she was feeding her daughter on demand, but most of the child's requirements were satisfied with water. Experiencing a feeling of false satiety, the child, appearing at the chest, sucked languidly, inactive and, of course, received insufficient food.
It was worth Katya, on the advice of a consultant, to stop dopaivat daughter with water, as the picture changed dramatically. The girl has become much and often suckles. Counting wet diapers literally two days later, Katya found that the baby sucks out enough milk (10 wet diapers a day). A week later the whole family was amazed - 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 phoned in fright: her girl is not gorging. Having arrived, the consultant saw a three-week-old girl sleeping peacefully and her terrified mother: "She will wake up now, eat a little, and then stop!". Indeed, the girl woke up, took her breasts, sucked 20 minutes and blissfully fell back, smiling at her mother. "Well, what is this? - Marina worried. "See, she's not full." "Why did you decide so?". "She's not falling asleep!". From the subsequent conversation it turned out that Marina was used to the fact that her daughter immediately falls asleep after feeding. When the girl first did not do this, Marina decided that she did not have enough milk. The consultant explained to Marina that her daughter was simply more inquisitive than children of her age. She must have a little "walk" before going to bed - to look at her mother, to poully, to talk, etc. After that, she is likely to eat a little more and fall asleep. As you grow up, the time for "walking" will increase and you should not be afraid of it. On the contrary, one should be glad for such a developed girl.
You are deceiving us!
For the first month, Lena's son did not add a gram, managed to lie down with his mother in the hospital. He was fed a mixture, but this did not improve the situation. Periodically, the baby sucked his breast, although without much sense. After teaching the mother to put it right, the baby took the breast as if he had never taken it. "So that's how he should be sucking!" - Lena was surprised.
My son did not let my mother go 20 hours. Periodically he was dozing, but he did not let the nipple out of his mouth, and if they tried to take it out, he immediately began to suck. "I'm hungry, poor fellow," they decided home. From that day everything went quietly. Lena learned the methods of caring for the baby - bathing, swaddling, carrying on hands. The first two weeks the baby added only 60 g. But this was a huge achievement in comparison with the monthly underweight. The next two weeks, the increase was 120 grams per week. For the third month the child added 1kg 200g.
The doctor of the children's polyclinic stated: "You are deceiving us! In breast milk, he can not add so much - because you did not have milk, where did it come from? ". Lena just smiled - she was not afraid of problems with breastfeeding.
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