Your Milk Supply Questions Answered
Within moments of arrival into the world, your baby will seek the breast. Your body and your baby are intertwined...Before the first week of your newborn’s life, your milk supply is on the increase. As your baby grows, the quantity of milk your breasts produce becomes even higher in volume.
Now that you are home from the hospital and you are your newborn are enjoying mommy-baby bliss, breastfeeding is no doubt becoming a comfortable and natural feeling process for both of you.
Concerned about breastfeeding and baby is here? We’re telling you, push those worries and jitters aside. Your body and your baby are intertwined, both when your newborn was in the womb and now, as their journey in your family begins.
Your baby is latching on properly, and your nipples are getting accustomed to the tugging and suction that takes place each time your wee one feeds. Your breasts seem to be filling to the limit several times a day and baby’s diapers are showing evidence that your infant is peeing as they should.
Why is it then, that you wonder whether your milk supply is adequate?
Think about the distinct way that your baby feeds. The pattern consists of deep spurts of suction and long pauses as they swallow. This is nature’s way of ensuring that your milk flows as it should.
Still, we understand that questioning your milk is normal. We’ll answer your milk supply questions here, putting your mind at ease so that you can focus on the growing bond between you and blessed babe.
DOES MY MILK CONTAIN ALL THE NUTRIENTS MY BABY NEEDS?
Your breast milk is nothing short of amazing. The consistency and nutritional make-up of this miracle substance changes with every stage your precious baby encounters.
Consider these awesome facts. When your tiny treasure is first born, colostrum is produced. Colostrum is not only packed with antibodies against infection but also contains fat, protein, vitamins, and everything else your baby needs for a healthy start.
In the first few weeks, what is called “transitional milk” is formulated in the breast. This milk works to protect your baby’s digestive system. Oligosaccharides are prebiotics that ensure the building blocks of immunity are in place. They prevent neonatal diarrhea and a myriad of other things, one being respiratory infections. And, stem cells are present that work internally to repair.
As your milk matures over the next few months of your child’s life, the nutrients required for healthy growth are still there. Enjoy your baby’s desire to breastfeed. Rest in the assurance that your milk is all they need until they are around six months old, at which time you can supplement the breast milk with solid foods.
IS THE QUANTITY OF MILK I PROVIDE ENOUGH?
Before the first week of your newborn’s life, your milk supply is on the increase. As your baby grows, the quantity of milk your breasts produce becomes even higher in volume.
Sure, as a new mom, wondering if your sweet babe is getting enough milk is a common concern. Here are tips to put that question to rest as your milk continues to flow perfectly, just as it should.
Nurse as your baby requests. It’s a supply and demand process, after all. And, many babies get a much-needed sense of calmness and reassurance as they suckle.Make sure your baby is comfortable as they nurse. Doing so will give both you and your tiny one pleasure and reassurance. In fact, skin-to-skin contact as you nurse helps the hormone oxytocin do its job even better by further stimulating your milk supply and the let-down reflex.Let your baby nurse as you rest. Not only will you be amping up production, but you will also refuel your body as you relax.Pump your breasts in addition to feeding times. Draining what your baby does not drink will aid in the refilling of your breasts, and increase production.
WHAT CAN I DO FOR SORE NIPPLES?
It is not unusual for moms to experience sore nipples at any stage of breastfeeding, no matter how old your baby is.
If your nipples are sore in the first few days of nursing, your baby may not be latching on properly. Their lips should fan out over the nipple and breast, taking all of the nipple in as they suck.
Avoid breaking the suction before your baby is finished feeding. Removing your wee one from the breast be sometimes damaging to the nipple, and your baby will also miss the thicker, calorie-laden hindmilk that fills them up before they finish their feed.
Use a product made for sore nipples, such as Calm a Mama’s Nipple Nurture Balm. This organic balm is safe for your breastfeeding babe and soothes chapped nipples, too.
Don’t hesitate to call your doctor or a lactation consultant if you have concerns about how well your baby is feeding. Stressing over breastfeeding will not help make this natural process any easier. Feeding your baby is a joyful time and you deserve for it to be the best it can. Reach out to a support group, and revel in the sense of community that nursing moms have.
We at Calm-a-Mama are constantly creating for breastfeeding mamas, mamas-to-be and even Mums with grown kids! Apart from our nipple balm, we have you covered for everything from calm drops and flower essence sleep drops to Mama Belly Balm and Happy Baby Balm (coming in Spring 2020)