Breastfeeding is a boon to mothers and breast milk is the first gift a mother gives to babies. It’s coming from me, a mom who has seen ups and downs while breastfeeding. My baby is 9 months old and I am struggling with it. Nine months has been a constant push for me to increase the supply and not quit.
Now understanding how breastfeeding works. It is a simple demand and supply mechanism. The more you feed, the more you produce. Our body is capable of understanding a baby’s requirement and produces exactly what is required by the baby to heal or grow. For example, when the baby is sick, it automatically increases the fat content for faster healing.
New moms are advised by doctors/nurses to feed every two hours. Now the most important thing to understand here is that two hour is an ideal interval. Nut it does not mean that baby is going to clock the feed timings. A baby as small as few days or weeks can demand after every 15-20 minutes. And that does not mean you are not producing enough. This is the main reason we moms tend to fall in formula or cow’s milk trap. Trust your body. Keep on feeding round the clock. Don’t count hours or minutes. Just feed whenever the baby demands. It is hard in initial days. But nothing worth comes easy you know.
I assure it will get easy in coming days. I was totally unaware of the feeding mechanism. As the baby was fed with cow’s milk by a nurse every 2 hours and not fed, so I have no milk supply till 3 days. I had to fight a long battle to establish a flow and feed my baby.
If you are having some distress and need medication, then always consult a doctor and get breastfeeding friendly medicines prescribed.
Also, one of the most important thing while breastfeeding is to check the latch of the baby . If the baby is not able to latch properly, consult a latching expert doctor. Check for tongue ties in the baby. You may also have inverted nipples, so get your breast checked beforehand (during pregnancy) as it is treatable once diagnosed.
It will definitely take some time to get accustomed to breastfeeding. But don’t worry. Have a positive attitude towards it. Don’t shy away and consult a doctor if you have any queries or problems. Avoid bottles and pacifiers as they do no good for babies and end up affecting their throat.