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Interestingly, despite the fact that most mothers can produce enough milk to breastfeed one or even two babies, one of the most frequent reasons for abandoning breastfeeding or incorporating mixed breastfeeding or complementary foods early is that many of us think that we do not produce the necessary milk for our baby.
When my sister-in-law gave birth to her first daughter, she was very distressed because a nurse at the hospital told her that the girl had lost a lot of weight (which is normal for newborns) and that she probably did not have enough milk and they would have to give her some bottle.
It is very normal that the rise in milk takes a few days, so I told her to be patient and to put her daughter on her breast to absorb the colostrum that she did produce. The 'new mothers' should turn a deaf ear to these comments, as they can cause insecurity and anxiety, which in no case are advisable for a correct establishment of milk, many moms come to think, without foundation, that they do not have enough milk or that the quality of your milk is poor.
The fundamental advice to achieve a good milk is that you have confidence in yourself and that you should only consider the existence of a problem when you have concrete indications. There are two reliable signs that the child is not getting enough milk, these are that the baby is not wetting the diaper and his urine is very odorous and concentrated, and that he gains little weight.
Your baby's weight control should be weekly during the first weeks of life and normally the increase will be about 200 grams of gain per week or more), your child's pediatrician will ask you in this regard in the corresponding reviews and he will know orient you to any problem.
To guarantee milk production we must keep in mind some tips:
- Begin breastfeeding in the first moments after childbirth and try to be calm and relaxed, without visits or stress.
- The breasts will produce more milk as our child increases his needs (the more stimulus, the more production). During the first month it is advisable to exclusively feed the baby with breast milk so as not to interrupt the stimulation of the mammary glands.
- It is necessary to adopt a correct position so that the child can grasp the nipple correctly without damaging it and make effective suctions.
- Breastfeeding on demand: the baby must frequently nurse at least eight times in 24 hours, both day and night.
- Make sure that the baby empties the breast before putting it in the other one since the most nutritious milk is the one at the end of the feeding (offer both breasts alternating them).
- Prevent the child from taking the shots too far apart or taking few.
- It is preferable to avoid nipples or pacifiers, unless advised by the neonatologist.
- Be patient because the baby also has to learn to breastfeed, each time he will have more skill and it will take less time to empty the breast. - It is recommended that the mother has a healthy diet, without strong seasonings and, above all, that she drinks plenty of fluids: water, broths, juices or milk. It is also advisable to take vitamin supplements, calcium or brewer's yeast.
- The new mother must rest and sleep, for which many times she will have to do it at the same time as her little one, make small dreams or naps that help her not to accumulate fatigue or stress. (The emotional and psychological state of the mother is one of the factors that can most affect the flow of milk, as well as health problems or the use of contraceptives).
Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site
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