Important questions about breastfeeding

1. Than can be caused by chest pain while breastfeeding?

From that, what is the reason of a discomfort, and depends what you need to do to make the pain is gone. For example, if the pain in the nipples, the cause may be insufficient deep attachment to the breast (including the tongue-tie a baby or his habit of bottle), or an infection, such as thrush (especially if it is a burning sensation after feeding), or a bacterial infection (particularly when cracks). There is also such a rare phenomenon as vasospasm (the nipple changes color after feeding, and there is pain), eczema. If the pain more felt inside of the chest, it could be an excess of milk, milk stagnation and even mastitis.

Incomplete attachment to the breast – one of the most common causes of pain. Mothers can to help the following: to hug a baby more tightly to her chest to the head was a little back, and the mouth was wide open.

2. How long can you breastfeed your baby?

It is advisable to breastfeed up to 2 years, and continue further if desired by the mother and the baby. A specific age when to stop the breastfeed is not established. Harm from prolonged breastfeeding is not present, so there is no upper limit of prolonged breastfeeding.

3. What not to do when breastfeeding?

For most drugs, except for some really strong, you can, together with the doctor who supports breastfeeding, pick  the complex compatible with breastfeeding if necessary.

Preferably not smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes per day. Alcohol and drugs can have a negative impact on the child. Therefore, it is recommended that if a woman drinks a glass of wine, then do it for 2-3 hours before feeding. If the dose is more, the impact on the child will be negative. Also, the effect is stronger if the child is small (less than 3 months), because at this age still immature liver.

It is desirable to eat more natural, fresh and wholesome food without additives and preservatives. It is better do not eat a single product, since it may develop a heightened sensitivity in the child.

4. When it is necessary to introduce solid foods?

Complementary feeding is recommended to be administered at an age when the child shows signs of readiness for him. This usually occurs after six months. Among the features – the ability to sit without support, an increased interest in eating habits of adults as well as the ability of the child to take food and somehow to put it to his mouth.

Complementary feeding should start from a healthy food containing no preservatives and dyes, as well as salts and excipients. For each child the first complementary foods may be different, there is no general rule for all, depending on the weight of the baby, his interest in food products.

5. How we can increase lactation?

Most correct ways to increase lactation – so that the child often and more suck milk, and more of your contact with the child, touching, hugging, collaborative games.

In the evening feeding may be more frequent than in the morning, or longer. Also affect lactation a feeding at night when produced a lot of milk. It is important to keep track of attachment to the breast, if the child takes the breast shallowly, in this case, the milk goes far worse.

6. What to do the mothers who do not have milk?

Factors that hinder breastfeeding, unfortunately, very much. For example, giving your child a bottle, and he begins to refuse to take the breast, or it starts to take painful and bad suck milk. Or the child enjoys a pacifier, and no longer enough milk. Or mother and a baby are separated for a long time after birth, or mother does not feed at night – and the milk decreases.

Possible solutions in this case, by order of priority, as follows.

  • Feeding with expressed milk mother’s
  • Breastfeeding breadwinner
  • Feeding expressed breast milk donor
  • Feeding with the mixture.

Sometimes it happens that breast milk has ended, and the child is still small, and you want to return to breastfeeding. In this case, you can try to return the milk. To do this, you need to decant often enough, and it is good if the child agrees to take the breast – then breastfeeding may return fully or partially.