Pregnancy is unique with its quirks and bumpy roads being very subjective. This is the same as the breastfeeding experience. This journey of bonding with your baby requires preparation and confidence to understand that you would have to expect the unexpected.
The information listed below will help you get through tougher times during breastfeeding but knowing the truth will help you make decisions if need be.
1. Apart from mainly breastfeeding while hungry, babies also require nursing when they’re tired, lonely, need mommy’s touch, need consoling or when they’re in pain.
2. If you are a first time mommy and assume that your breasts will run out of milk and won’t be able to feed your baby, don’t panic. Truth be told, your girls adjust the production of milk based on your baby’s need, so you never run out. You and your pump don’t stand a chance against your baby’s milking capabilities. Baby can increase your supply of milk by just feeding more than often and after the little one is fed, you will still have enough for round two.
3. As your baby changes, so does breastmilk. Morning sessions include high amounts of fat, while late afternoon sessions include more lactose. This gift from mother to baby is oh-so amazing that it is believed ‘breastmilk helps boost your baby’s immune system through a host of nutrients.’
4. During the breastfeeding stage, you are recommended to eat similarly to how you would when you were pregnant. You are still required to eat for two so maintain a healthy balanced diet. You will require an increased intake in calories, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous, mainly to account for milk production.
5. Addressing that fear at the back of your head of pain during breastfeeding: Yes. You would experience initial nipple pain while your baby is trying the get the hang of latching on but this will only last for the very early weeks. What’s not normal is cracked, bleeding or damaged nipples. Seek help from a lactation consultant or your doctor if you’re in pain while breastfeeding.
Side note: Did you know that breastfeeding your baby will help you lose those extra kilograms you gained during pregnancy? Breastfeeding FTW!