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Excited yet anxious about your breastfeeding journey dear mums & mums-to-be?  Having sleepless nights with troubling questions about feeding and supply popping up constantly?  Well, depression often happens due to ignorance and is applicable to this situation as well.  So here are some of the basics about feeding and lactation, that will wisen you up for the better besides answering all your important queries.

 

First things first, these are two golden rules of breastfeeding, that you must never ever forget.

  1. Feed frequently: The more your nipples get stimulated the more milk you will make.
  2. Be Happy: Stress increases the production of the hormone cortisol and reduces the production of the hormone Oxytocin. That’s not good for you as Oxytocin is the key hormone behind milk initiation and let down.

 

Now let's move onto the basics then. How can you ensure that you have enough milk to feed your baby? Well in India, the tradition of wet nursing, or feeding multiple babies has been prevalent for ages.So it shouldn’t be a big problem for you to produce enough feed for your single baby. So, no need to get unduly tensed about it.

 

It would be worthwhile to mention at this point that the whole idea of preparing yourself for  breastfeeding during pregnancy is an absolute joke, there isn’t a single penny of truth in it. You can’t increase your milk production either through stimulation or by eating special foods. So leave it to your body and nature!

 

An important thing that you should remember is the fact that during the first two days after childbirth, you will produce only colostrum in very small quantities. There is nothing really abnormal about this so please don’t panic or entertain unreasonable expectations. Additional nutrition is also not required as your baby receives it before birth from your placenta itself.


Another important fact to note here is that your baby will cry and it's nothing but a natural defensive reaction due to exposure to an alien environment. But once you start cradling them in your arms, they will relax and fall asleep. It happened because of your love, warmth of touch and heartbeat and had nothing to do with feeding. So change your perception about it. 

 

The next important thing to consider is the natural hardwiring of your baby’s brain for greater feeding, which help in increasing your milk production through greater stimulation and is also the reason behind their ever so frequent crying. Though it can lead to certain pitfalls too, which you need to be careful about.

 

You see babies have a really tiny stomach. In fact they can only digest about 5ml of food when they are born, but once they start receiving formula in large quantities, their stomach gradually becomes distended and gets enlarged. This results in a sharp increase in their appetite,  resulting in an overload of demand which your body can’t satisfy naturally, so you start becoming more and more dependent on formula, setting off a vicious cycle which completely undermines your natural breastfeeding relationship with your infant.

 

Therefore, it becomes imperative to realise and understand that continuous formula feeding to calm your baby is not the ideal solution. Babies cry for a wide variety of reasons, it's one of their primary forms of communication, but every cry of hers need not be for feeding. So it becomes crucial here that you understand their cues and use other relaxation techniques.

 

And the last thing that you should follow is the maxim of sustainable feeding.  Don’t over or underfeed and force feeding is a strict no-no. So if your baby turns away from the spoon or bottle please respect that. He/She is intelligent enough to recognise their feeding needs. Thus, follow this and ensure the natural growth of your child’s stomach.

 

If you have any other concerns regarding breastfeeding, then reach out to a lactation counsellor for proper advice, rather than get confused by a hailstorm of advice from countless relatives and friends, In fact, a lactation counsellor will not only help you in identifying your problem correctly but will also prescribe the right solution for it.

 

So enjoy your beautiful journey of motherhood and cherish the beautiful gift of breastfeeding that evolution gave you. After all, it’s your very own personal superpower from nature.

 

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Comments (26)



Tyng Kth

very much informative.

Jaya Fulekar

if milk is not sufficient ...i have to bottle feed

Sonali Shivlani

Jaya what is important is frequent feeding. Also if you use the bottle it is very easy for the baby and that makes them less efficient at the breast which also then means that the stimulation reduces.

Aruna Lakshmi

very nice and useful information for new moms

Kumud Minhas

thanks for info... how frequently bottle feed would be given and quantity.. right now m giving 60 ml in gap of two to three hoyrs... one more thing do we need to wake up baby in night in gap ofnmore than 4 hours or wait for him to responhd

Sneha Khadatkar

Nice information... What do you mean by frequent feeding..

Rakhi Rajput

thnx for such nice information. ...this question is also arise in my mind that "my 6 weeks baby sleep for a long time about 8 to 9 hours continously. should i wake up her after 2 or 3 hour for feeding?

Sonali Shivlani

Rakhi if you are feeding every two hours during the day and the baby is passing urine about seven to eight times then it's fine to let the baby sleep longer at night. Aim at minimum eight feeds per twenty four hours.

Sonali Shivlani

Sneha Khadatkar frequent feeding means eight times minimum in twenty four hours.

Sonali Shivlani

Kumud Minhas I would not recommend bottle feeding at all. The rest depends on the age of the baby. Please post your query on the app.

g r archana Archana

hi.. I have a 3week old baby girl.. I have been using formula milk the day I was discharged from hospital..since I was told my milk supply was not sufficient and slowly should get rid of formula...now I feel I have increased the quantity of breast milk but the baby cries even after I feed her.so end up giving her formula...I am scared to stop formula thinking i might underfeed her but actually feeding her more...please advise if there is a way that I can just give breast milk to her and be sure that she is not under fed

Farin Radhanpura

I wish I knew this before

Kavitha Dev

This is so well written.

Meenakshi Bhargav

really a Nyc article...so much informative....

Sai Gandre

Pradnya Palekar

Ksh Khomdram

Same as archana; problem; I do have; .. now more milk produce; but my; one month; old baby; girl.. never enuf.. .. I try less formula.. but if I feed also.. she never know how to take off.. she keeps sucking; for so many; hours.. if I.remove; baby; keeps; crying..; please help; me

Richa Kaushik

Ksh Khomdram kindly check if milk is coming or not and see a lactation specialist

NIKITA M

very well written

ritu singhal

So very well writren doci,i also was snugged in the formula pitfall,however when i saw my baby suffering by those feeds,unable to digest formula,i resorted to ebf,till now able to keep up with it,lets see till when!!

Satyam Sharma

Awesome article

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