4 rules for successful lactation

Mothers who wish to breastfeed their child today still have this fear of "not having milk" or not having enough milk. Are my breasts big enough to breastfeed my child? Will I produce enough milk to feed him? Would I be able to breastfeed him long term ? So many questions that we hear frequently and that often bring unnecessary stress to the mother.

Conditioned by a society that either imposes long breastfeeding or does not understand it at all, the mother may feel disoriented and indecisive when faced with an environment that could influence her initial ideas and, therefore, provoke superfluous concern. Dads, with an outsider's eye, may also lack the tools to help their partner along this path. To be successful in lactation, there are several things to know:

Rule 1: Different bodies but the same capacity

Regardless of the size of the breasts, breastfeeding is possible. In fact, whether you wear a small A cup or a large C cup has absolutely no influence on lactation. All women in the world have the physical ability to feed their babies. Women are all equal.
Of course, pathologies or illnesses affecting lactation are not taken into consideration.

Rule 2: All are equal when it comes to lactation

Towards the end of pregnancy, Stage 1 lactogenesis occurs, also called the colostral phase, which expresses the maturation of the mammary glands in the breast in order to be able to breastfeed. This stage in the lactation process is important because it signals to the mother the beginning of a wonderful life process.

When the child is born, the so-called "milk rush" occurs. Triggered by a drop in hormones, this episode is very quickly recognized by the mother who feels a change in the size of her breasts with loss of milk (variable from one woman to another.) This first maternal milk, called Colostrum, is important because it is rich in proteins and immunoglobulins This thick, dark yellow substance is an essential nutritional contribution for the first days of the child.

Rule 3: Investment

In order to succeed in breastfeeding, the importance will be carried on the accompaniment. Indeed, the stay in maternity being more and more shortened since a few years that the couple can sometimes feel helpless in front of a new experience of life. Therefore, breastfeeding can be helped with the presence of a lactation consultant for the first few days with the baby, and even beyond.

Feeding your child is such a natural thing to do, but sometimes we forget the basics.

Reminding the mother of her innate potential and giving her the keys to move forward is an important part of successful breastfeeding.

  • The position of the baby: how to position the infant facing the breast?
  • When is the right time to breastfeed: When is the baby really in demand? Should I wait for him to claim?
  • The understanding for the mother of what is happening inside her in order to understand the signs and mechanisms.
  • Etc.

Rule 4: What do babies think?

Despite the equality of women in lactation, all children will be different. Some will be heavier sleepers while others will want to nurse more often. Listening to your child's needs is a priority in this wonderful adventure that is birth.

Finally, the problems that may arise are not due to lactation but to breastfeeding, that is to say the behavior (the way of proposing care, etc...) and not the physical competence, the biological function of feeding her child.

So, ladies, trust your power as a mother.

Vanessa Colant 2 May, 2018
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