What IS breastfeeding? I am going to start with some breastfeeding basics. Being well-informed was half of my breastfeeding success. Let's get started...
(also known as lactation and nursing) is the process of feeding a child with
breast milk directly from the breast. This definition, however, only covers physiological part of it.
me, breastfeeding was also fun and rewarding time to bond with my son. The one-on-one time that was only ours and no one else's!
How about you? What is breastfeeding for YOU? Click here to share your thoughts with me!
Milk production starts by the third trimester of the pregnancy. By the end of the pregnancy a woman is ready to become a breastfeeding mother. Here is the lactation mechanism after delivery:
Now when the question "What is Breastfeeding?" is out of the way, let's talk about first days of your breastfeeding experience.
reality, a lot of other (non-physiological)
factors come into play during this crucial time. Feeling tired,
depressed, concerned about your milk supply, unsure - just to name a few
- may all overwhelm you during this time.
I was extremely worried that my milk would never come in. Have you thought about it too? Well, no need to! The true milk insufficiency only happens in 3%-8% women. It is real, but it is very rare!
If you are in day 2 after delivery and there is no sign of colostrum in your breasts, talk to a lactation specialist. There is always one in the hospital and they usually come to see you next day after the delivery.
If they don't come visit, ask your nurse to arrange for it. Discuss your concerns with a hospital lactation consultant. This is your best chance to ask questions at no cost.
If you are already home with no lactation specialist at hand, check the list below. It is most likely that you need to change one of the following to boost your milk production:
And remember – relax and smile. Look at your baby and smile again.
Successful breastfeeding is only 50% of physiology, the other 50% are your emotions.
Feel happy. Sleep when your baby sleeps.
Acknowledge that you just gave birth to a miracle. You are a great woman, and will become the best mom for your little one!
So after all: what is breastfeeding for YOU? Can't wait to see what you say! Click here to share.
Is it pleasure, a necessity, a mother's duty, a feeding method? You name it!