Your little bundle of joy has finally arrived, and you’ve hugged, kissed, and cuddled your little one, but now they are getting hungry. You’ve read a ton of information online, have taken classes, and even mentally prepared yourself for breastfeeding, but the real thing is nothing compared to your research.
Breastfeeding is hard. There, I said it. You and your baby have to learn one another, and despite what you’ve been told, your baby does not know how to feed the moment they are born. For 9 months your baby has been getting bed side service, never having to worry about if they will have enough. Your body was providing that all along. Your body is still providing for your baby, you just need to get them to it now and that’s the tough part.
Your body is a wonderful thing, and it works on supply and demand. If there is a big demand for milk, your body will naturally start producing more of it to support your growing baby. If there is less of a demand, your body will start producing less.
So what happens when your body isn’t producing enough milk? There are some women who just don’t produce enough, and formula has to be substituted in to support the needs of the baby. There are many reasons why this can be happening. One reason is mom is not eating enough calories, or staying hydrated. Your body needs the fuel to create milk, and without it, it’s not going to work the way it should. Another reason could be because you aren’t feeding on demand.
Baby knows what they want. They may not be able to tell you in words, so they have cues you need to look out for. I’m sure since you have done your research, you are familiar with what to look for. Feed when baby wants to, don’t get stuck in the idea of a schedule. While it’s a good start, you need to be able to break away from it to make sure your baby gets enough food.
Is it painful? I’m sure you already know the answer to this. It shouldn’t be, but it can be uncomfortable. If baby has established a good latch, you will feel a bit of discomfort when he/she starts to feed, but it should disappear within 30 seconds or so. If not, you may need to detach baby, and try it again.
There are many articles and classes out there for breastfeeding. And don’t forget, a good breastfeeding pillow will go a long way to help. There are plenty to choose from to suit all your needs at www.qualitypregnancypillows.com