There is no better food for a baby than breast milk. However, sometimes the establishment of breastfeeding is not easily achieved or immediately. Especially, if you’re a first-time mom. But do not be discouraged. Even if problems arise, the key to solving almost all the inconveniences is to have the necessary information to know the causes and how to act in each case.
We tell you what are the most common problems that mothers find at the beginning of breastfeeding and how to solve them.
Bad grip of the nipple
It is the main cause of almost all the inconveniences that arise during the establishment of breastfeeding. If the baby does not suckle the breast correctly, the problems that arise can be cracks in the nipples, mastitis or inflammation of the breast, a lack of flow of breast milk, etc.
When the baby catches only the nipple with his lips it can cause pain and not feed properly.
To fix it, use your index and middle fingers to grasp the nipple and gently insert the baby into the mouth, making sure that the newborn catches both the nipple and part of the halo properly. Avoid giving the bottle and pacifiers in this first stage, because they can confuse you and cause the baby to stop breastfeeding.
Also pay attention to the placement of the baby, may be uncomfortable. Carefully support your little head on the inside of your elbow and form a nest around it with your arm. A breastfeeding pillow can help you get the most appropriate posture for both.
Too much or too little milk during breastfeeding
Sometimes moms produce an excessive amount of milk during the first months after birth due to hormones. It is necessary to allow time for the rhythms of the shots and the needs of the baby to regulate the milk production of the mother.
Lactation experts, such as La Leche League, recommend in these cases offer the baby only one breast per shot. In this way, milk production is not stimulated as much as if the production of both breasts is activated at each feeding.
But sometimes the opposite happens: it seems that the mother does not have enough milk and her baby does not get the necessary amount of nutrients. The question that most commonly assaults breastfeeding moms at some point in breastfeeding is precisely whether they produce the right amount of milk for their baby. In fact, maternal milk deficiency occurs only very rarely.
Most women believe that they have very little milk, although they produce the right proportion. The first thing that should be done in this case is to exclude a false alarm. If you breastfeed on demand, the baby wets the diaper as often as necessary for his age and his weight increases regularly and adequately, there is no problem.
If you place the baby’s breast every time he asks for it, milk production will be stimulated naturally. Take your time and respect your pace. Breastfeeding should be a quiet and relaxed experience. You can also use a breast pump between shots to stimulate a greater production of breast milk.
Rejection of the chest
Some babies reject the breast shortly after starting breastfeeding. Surely it is due to a bad experience regarding the posture or the grip of the nipple. On other occasions, the cause is that the baby has tried the bottle, which may have been much more comfortable since it does not require efforts to obtain the nutrients. It may also be due to a strong odor or unpleasant taste perfume, lotion or cream. chest
To solve it, do not treat your chest with cosmetics or use perfumes and keep insisting on offering the breast to the baby. Do not use a bottle and also avoid pacifiers. To stimulate the child’s sucking reflex, it is best to arm yourself with patience, place the baby to the breast for as long as it takes and just give it to him.
Decompensation of breasts
Many lactating mothers happen to produce much more breast milk in one of the breasts. This decompensation is usually due to not leaving the baby enough time to empty both breasts equally.
When we “force the baby” to drink from both breasts in the same shot, almost certainly take less than the second breast than the first. Most babies drink 10 to 20 minutes from the first breast, while the other breast drinks only a mixture of water and saturated milk.
Therefore it is better not to interrupt the suction to change your chest. Leave him all the time he needs to empty the first of the breasts and only offer him the second one if he demands it.
You should always make sure that in the next shot the baby starts at the chest in which less time was spent, so that both breasts are stimulated equally for