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Questions that arise - at the first stage of the breastfeeding process
We give a few questions that you may have when you and your baby make contact with each other during breastfeeding.
When should I get milk?
You started producing milk during pregnancy, and maybe you even have little experience leaking prenatal milk in the last months before giving birth. The first milk that is formed in you is called colostrum, it is fatty, yellow in color, containing in a small volume a complete set of nutrients and builders of immunity, this is “super milk”. The amount of colostrum that is released per unit feed is calculated in drops, not grams. This is the reason that newborn children need frequent nutrition - getting more nutritional drops. Mothers who have previously breast-fed usually have a greater amount of colostrum released immediately after birth. High in protein, but low in fat, colostrum prepares the baby’s intestines for milk feeding, which will soon follow. Colostrum promotes the growth of beneficial bifidus bacteria in the intestine, and also acts as a laxative, facilitating the release of meconium. Your colostrum is a multivitamin fluid, especially rich in infection-fighting antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and carotenoids. It is the high content of betacarotene in colostrum that determines its yellowish color. You can be proud of this nutrient-rich colostrum of our own production. After a week, a gradual transition from colostrum to mature milk will occur in your chest. The amount of fats, carbohydrates and calories in milk and milk itself will gradually increase. Your milk will become more saturated. It may take about two weeks after giving birth, and your milk will change color from a yellow-white, characteristic of early milk, to a blue-white, characteristic of mature milk. Approximately between the second and fifth day after giving birth, when your breasts will increase by two cup sizes overnight, you will realize that milk has come. How quickly this happens depends on many factors: on your experience of previous feedings, on how much you are tired in childbirth, how quickly the baby learns to take breasts and with what frequency and effectiveness it sucks. To make milk come faster, do the following:
- Plan a normal birth. - Be in the ward with the baby immediately after childbirth. - Perform early, frequent, ad hoc feedings. - Consult a breastfeeding specialist on the first two days. - Avoid supplementation with mixtures if there is no medical indication. - Do not worry, believe in your strength.
ADDITIONAL AFTER BIRTH
My baby is two days old, and I was advised to give him a bottle after each feeding, in case I don’t have enough milk. Is it correct?
No, this is not true. Feeding from water and artificial feed bottles may interfere with breastfeeding. Water quenches the thirst of a child, and artificial nutrition gives the child a feeling of satiety, thus, any of these bottles makes the child less hungry. An artificial nipple can also confuse the baby, so when he takes the breast, he will not know how to dissolve it. Studies show that breastfeeding, especially in the first few days after birth, negatively affects the duration of breastfeeding. In addition to influencing the process of teaching a baby to breastfeeding, the use of additional bottles prevents the mother from mentally adjusting to breastfeeding. The advice of friendly, health-conscious friends and relatives, including the phrase “in case you don’t have enough milk,” doubt your thoughts and, in one way or another, they will prevent you from having enough milk.
The first few days after the birth is the time when both the mother and the baby work hard to master breastfeeding. When they tell you that you don’t have enough milk, you can quickly come to the conclusion that nervousness, lack of sleep or, on the contrary, drowsiness (or, in general, everything a child does) is your fault. If your baby holds her breasts for a long time, you are worried that he is not saturated. If he is near the chest for a short time, you decide that you do not have enough milk to maintain his interest. Doubts cause confusion in the interpretation of the child's hints, cause concern about whether he is hungry. Supplementation from a bottle seems to be the solution to your dilemma, but the child’s dependence on additional nutrition leads to the fact that harmonious development in relationships with breastfeeding becomes impossible. Ultimately, you really will not have enough milk. If possible, surround yourself with people who are breastfeeding and responsibly breastfeeding, who support your faith in success. This will help you avoid a situation where the lack of milk is due to the maternal syndrome of insufficient milk production. If you have any difficulties, accept help from reliable sources and solve problems. Believe that you have enough milk for your child, and you will have enough of it.
Is it right to breastfeed and breast-feed a baby until it is certain that I have enough milk?
It is best to avoid bottle feeding until the milk is fully developed, which usually takes about four weeks. Mixed feeding techniques can confuse the baby, because the methods of sucking breasts and bottles are completely different. In addition, if you regularly give your child artificial nutrition, he will not want to take breasts often enough, and less milk will be released. The formation of your milk will not meet the needs of the child, and you will be forced to switch to the composition of artificial nutrition constantly.
INTEGRATED OR FLAT NOSES
My nipples do not perform as much as I think they should perform. Can I successfully breastfeed?
Yes, you can breastfeed, even if your nipples are inverted or flat - if you believe, you can. If you want to know if your nipples are retracted or not, gently squeeze the nipple between your thumb and forefinger. The normal nipple will squeeze out. A flat nipple does not react at all. A deepened or retracted nipple will retract. It is not unusual that one nipple is flat or retracted and the other is normal. In fact, inverted nipples that prevent successful breastfeeding are rare. Remember, not the appearance, but how the nipple acts during feeding, matters. The nipple may have a normal normal appearance, but becomes retracted when the nipple is compressed. Memorize the golden rule of proper feeding: children eat from the nipple, not the nipple. The extent to which the nipple protrudes forward does not affect success in breastfeeding. When the baby takes the breast and begins to suck it, it stimulates and stretches the nipple, giving it the right size and shape. In addition, there are special methods and devices that can help the baby learn to suckle, even if he initially refused to breast. If you carefully work with the baby in the first days after birth and offer him different feeding methods, he will understand what to do and you will have a long and happy period of breastfeeding. Remember, the child does not know any other nipples, so that he can not compare, unless someone gives him a bottle or a dummy!
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