DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH MILK TO BREASTFEED YOUR BABY?
NOV 5, 2018 9:01PM
The delivery of the placenta tells the body to start producing milk. This happens whether a mother is breastfeeding or not. By day three to five, mother’s milk comes in and volume increases.
The first milk the baby gets after birth is called colostrum. It is rich in antibodies and other protective factors. The small quantities give babies a chance to learn how to suckle without being overwhelmed by milk.
Elizabeth Richard; Lactation consultant from Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur emphasised that frequent nursing and effective suckling signal the mother’s body to produce the amount of milk her baby needs.
Latch it right
However, you need to ensure your baby’s latch is correct to stimulate milk production efficiently.
“A good latch stimulates milk letdown (oxytocin hormone), leading to increase milk supply; keeping your baby contented. It also gives a cue to the mother’s body to increase milk supply according to baby’s needs.”
On the other hand, a baby that is not latching well to the nipple will not stimulate milk production efficiently.
“In addition, a bad latch can cause nipple soreness as a result of tongue-tie, which affects the baby’s ability to drain the breast adequately.”
If baby is sleepy, ill, or you are separated from your baby for any reason, your milk supply will start to decrease, therefore stimulation on breast with breast pump or hand expression is important.
Remember the basic principles!
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