We all know that breastfeeding has some fantastic benefits for the baby – it ensures that the infant is safe from illness and has fewer odds of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). On the other hand, breastfeeding helps the mother to recuperate soon. Apart from this, breastfeeding is a moment of bonding between mother and newborn. But it isn’t as easy as it may seem even though it is supposed to be a natural process. Postpartum period begins after the delivery of the baby. This period includes the mother experiencing numerous progressions both physically and mentally. We should realize that an initial couple of weeks, the mother ought to be free from all obligations as they experience a lot of hormonal changes.
Breastfeeding supports the new mother deal with herself and shields her from constraining her chance with her infant which is why it is important to deal with the challenges they face when breastfeeding their baby. Here are a few problems that new mothers may face and are too afraid to ask.
- Breastfeeding hurts at times.
Many new mothers have revealed that they have experienced some sensitivity or tenderness when they are breastfeeding which is considered normal. However, you shouldn’t feel an obvious pain while breastfeeding; this usually means the baby is not getting a big enough mouthful of the breast at the beginning. When the baby latches on, you need to ensure that their mouth is open as wide as possible, their chin is pressed into your breast, and their head is tipped back so that their nose is away from your breast. You should also make sure that your hand is not holding her head as it can prevent a good latch.
- I don’t know if my infant gets enough milk.
The other most common problem is that women are unable to produce enough milk. Many women are unsure of how long they should breastfeed their baby on each side. On an average, each time you breastfeed, your baby should nurse for 10 minutes on each side. Anything less than 8 minutes means they are not able to get enough breast milk which will affect their growth. And it is also important for your breast to be drained of the milk in one feeding so you can increase your milk supply for the next time.
- My breasts are swollen.
Once you have given birth, you should start breastfeeding as soon as you and your baby are stable. When you begin breastfeeding, you should know that your breasts produce colostrum in small amounts which gradually increases over the days. After three to four days, the milk you produce will increase in quantity, and this is known as your breast milk coming in. If your baby is not latching correctly or feeding frequently enough, your breasts may become overly full which is why they become swollen. You need to ensure that you are feeding your baby every two hours – this will not only help your baby stay full but also reduce the swelling.
- I feel tired after each time I’ve breastfed my baby.
Did you know that a newborn needs to be fed every two hours, and since each feeding takes 30 minutes approximately, you need to be ready in another two hours to feed again? So that means you need to take care of all your chores within record time before your newborn wakes up hungry. Being able to manage all of your chores and feeding your baby is no easy task, it leaves you exhausted. You can hire a babysitter for a few hours to help you with everything. Maybe ask your husband to help by taking shifts watching the baby while you recuperate.
Apart from these issues, there are many other problems that mothers face when they are breastfeeding – some minor and others serious – whatever the case, you need to consult those around you or the doctor at the earliest. Now, you may all know that breastfeeding is helpful for both the mother and the baby but what no blog can describe is the feeling you get when you look at your baby’s face pressed against your chest. The bond you share when you’re holding your baby close to you is something that stays for long. Hopefully, this blog has answered most of your queries, so enjoy the most beautiful experience while bonding with your newborn.