A mother’s life is not easy, and for those who think that motherhood is just a colorful dream, they are wrong !! After the birth of the baby, in addition to all the concern with maternity care, it is necessary to face real life and with that problems to be solved, some very stressful. But the big question is: does nervous milk dry breast milk? Myth or truth?
As the mother’s stress and emotional state are completely allied , it can actually decrease the amount of breast milk if you get nervous. But persisting with breastfeeding is a wonderful way to circumvent low spirits and bad thoughts. In some cases of very high stress, breast milk may disappear.
After the milk dries down again?
But the good news is that production does not dry out completely, preventing you from breastfeeding your baby. The insistence on breastfeeding makes the breast milk go back down normally.
The production of breast milk depends completely on the mother’s physical and emotional health. Therefore, always try to drink plenty of fluids, rest whenever possible, eat properly and breastfeed whenever the baby asks (breastfeeding on demand).
Instead of giving up breastfeeding, try to solve the situations that take away your peace . If they are family problems, talk calmly to resolve them. If you are nervous because of breastfeeding, take it easy, see your doctor or even a specialist who can advise you to improve this moment.
Some family members such as mothers, aunts or grandparents can also help to ease their discomfort and allay their fears. Don’t feel alone and always seek help when you need it! No mother is born knowing how to do everything alone.
Care During Breastfeeding
During breastfeeding some care is important to help women to have a healthier life and enjoyable breastfeeding. Let’s list some tips:
Can you take contraceptives while breastfeeding ? For women who breastfeed, it is recommended to take the appropriate pill for that moment, which are the base of progesterone. If you choose injectable contraceptives or other types of pill, it is worth noting that they will be passed through breast milk to the baby.
Can you go on a diet while breastfeeding ? It can, but nothing to cut calories since the body needs a lot of sustenance to have energy and produce breast milk. You can start exercising and follow a healthy breastfeeding diet as long as you have completed 40 days of protection.
How long should a feeding last ? The duration of the feeding will vary from baby to baby. It is usually 10 minutes on each side of the chest. In the first months of life it is normal for the time to be longer, but everything will be adjusted over the months.
Breastfeeding offers inexplicable benefits to the baby. Breast milk is the most balanced and complete food and above all it is natural and free. It offers all the minerals and nutrients that the baby needs.
How to Increase Breast Milk?
Breast milk depends entirely on the woman’s health and good nutrition and it is very common at some stage, to think that breast milk is drying out or that it has simply reduced. In the vast majority of cases, the reduction in production is totally linked to a lack of stimulation, so we will give you some tips to improve and increase the production of breast milk.
Breast milk can be offered in the first few minutes of a baby’s life after delivery . This practice is even recommended in some maternity hospitals to help stimulate breast milk and also to strengthen the bond between mother and baby. The more the baby sucks, the more milk is produced.
Correct Handle – The correct handle during breastfeeding makes all the difference. It is important for the baby to be able to feed properly, not to hurt the mother’s breast and also to be able to stimulate the production of breast milk.
Breastfeed on Demand – The more you breastfeed your baby, the more breast milk will be produced. Some babies who have very long intervals to breastfeed or even those who work out, may choose to take or stimulate production with their hands or even with a breast pump and store breast milk.
Rest whenever possible – For the woman to be able to offer a healthy and pleasurable breastfeeding it is necessary that she is well as well. Even though motherhood is a very tiring routine, it is necessary to take rest breaks and this directly influences the production of breast milk.
Emptying the Breast Before Changing – During breastfeeding, allow the baby to empty the breast completely before changing sides. This process will cause the breast to produce the exact amount to feed your baby.
Take water – Hydration has a great responsibility in the production of breast milk. The more hydrated, the more milk it is possible to produce. Usually during breastfeeding the woman usually feels very thirsty, so always leave a bottle at your fingertips, and abuse it.
Massages and Compresses – The female body is not a machine and may actually need certain stimuli to return to its functioning. Some massages on the breast, in addition to hot water compresses can assist in increasing the production of breast milk, stimulating vasodilation and the functioning of the mammary glands.
Natural Remedies – Some tips can work as natural remedies, such as teas. Mint tea is indicated as an accelerator in the production of breast milk, as well as hominy.
How do I know if I have enough milk for my baby?
You will know you have enough milk when you see your baby satisfied after each feeding. It is not because your breast does not leak breast milk as in the early days, where breast pad was necessary, that you do not have the necessary amount to feed it.
The female body, as well as the production of breast milk, adapts itself to the necessary and exact quantity that the baby needs. So the more he suckles, the more milk is produced. If the baby stops breastfeeding or reduces the number of feeds, the milk tends to reduce its production until it dries up.
During visits to the pediatrician , your baby’s weight gain control will indicate his development. If it is found that you are not sustaining enough, the pediatrician will indicate ways to improve your diet and improve breastfeeding. The introduction of formulas should be left as a last option!
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.