IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR BABIES’ FEEDING HABITS, CHECK IT OUT WITH A CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT OR YOUR DOCTOR
New infants often fall asleep at the breast before their tummies are full. They need to be woken and encouraged to drink further or you will be back at nursing within a half hour or so.
The lactating breast is never “empty.” It is just “less full.” If you pump after nursing, getting 1/4 to 1/2 ounce is good and it all adds up over time.
It is not unusual to have a good sucker and a fussier sucker. Put the good sucker on first when simultaneously feeding and then spend more time adjusting the fussier baby.
Breastfeeding automatically makes Mom thirsty. Make sure you have a cold drink beside you prior to beginning. Hot drinks can be easily knocked over. Don’t take the risk.
Babies suck about 10-12 minutes and then they are full. Nursing for 15 minutes or longer, well, they aren’t really sucking that whole time but more likely enjoying the position, warmth and Mom’s loving arms.
Nursing babies are full when they begin to relax at the breast. A clenched hand may open and gently rest on the breast, face relaxes, mouth opens and baby falls off.
Healthy, nursing babies generally have one dirty diaper plus 5 or 6 very wet ones in 24 hours. That is how you know they are getting enough nourishment.
It isn’t widely understood that after a baby’s suckles, the breasts are not “empty” as many people think they might be. Breasts never completely empty after a feed. Pumping for multiples after breastfeeding is very common with Moms of multiples and what is collected is saved, frozen and ready to use at another time. There won’t be a huge supply, but you can collect anywhere from maybe 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce additional milk. A bonus is that when pumping, your breasts are receiving the message that there is a greater demand and therefore the supply increases. Some Moms feels the need, and their babies indicate the need, to supplement. It is helpful to keep in mind that each time we supplement, we are by passing the message to our breasts of a greater demand, so it can feel necessary to continue supplementing due to ‘lack of supply.’ Supplementing can set up a vicious circle and cause Mom much anxiety as she may feel her babies are hungary and she really doesn’t have enough milk. Breast feeding the babies as they need/demand will, over 2-4 days, increase the milk supply to satisfy them.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )