Breastmilk probably is the greatest substance on earth. In the animal kingdom mammals depend entirely on milk produced from their bodies to feed their little ones. So, it is sad to see how sometimes we as humans are quick to look for alternatives due to various reasons. Most often the reasons why mums stop breastfeeding and use alternatives is because they worry that they will not be able to provide their little one with enough milk, due to various complications.
Mums need to realize that even though there might be abnormalities in their breasts, this most likely will not affect their ability to feed their little one. The first thing you need to be aware of before you feed your little one is that your breasts should produce sufficient milk. For this, the brain produces a hormone which signals the breasts to produce milk. In addition, as a mother holds the baby close and looks at the little one with love, milk production increases due to the release of prolactin and oxytocin hormones.
Things to consider:
You should remember to offer the baby the slightly darker area around the nipple called the areola as well. Milk is stored in this area of your breast and as the lips of the infant press on the areola, this will result in the release of milk.
Each woman will have different shapes and sizes of breasts. This will not have any impact on your ability to express milk. Also remember, the size of the breast will not dictate the volume of milk produced. You can easily identify when your breast is filled up with milk, as it will become warmer than normal and also heavier. Mum, the size of your breast will not be an issue at all. What you need to focus on is making sure that your little one latches onto your breast properly.
When milk is not flowing completely from your breast, the veins could get blocked and this can result in infections. To avoid this, you need to increase the frequency your child nurses. You could also use antibiotics and painkillers to treat infections. Don’t stop breastfeeding your little one during these challenging times.
This happens when you haven't positioned your little one properly to latch on to your breast. To help ease things, apply some breast milk on the nipple after feeding the baby.
You being sick does not impact your ability to feed your little one, so do not stop. Breastfeeding while sick will not cause any unwanted complications for your little one since the antibodies fighting the infection in your body will be transferred to the little one. Do consult your doctor in the event you have AIDS.
While most mums are concerned about the lack of milk produced, sometimes when there is an overproduction of milk, you need to pay attention as your little one feeds. This is because your little one will find it hard to swallow a large quantity of milk expressed from your breasts. So, you will need to detach your breast from your baby in shorter frequencies to minimize the risk of choking.
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