If you are faced with the problem of lack of milk, do not refuse to breastfeed at least until the baby starts eating regular food: vegetables, fruits, cereals. But how to understand if the child is eating up? The main criterion for assessing the situation will be the well-being of the infant, his mood and sleep.
If the baby is gaining weight well and gets pleasure from sucking the breast, consider that everything you have is going well!
All young mothers may occasionally have interruptions in lactation, but they can be managed.
- Milk did not arrive 3-5 days after delivery. If you find yourself in such a situation, consult a pediatrician who will help you understand the huge amount of funds intended for this purpose.
- For the whole month you have been feeding your baby with your milk. Everything is going well, but suddenly the child becomes restless, shouts after eating, less goes to the toilet “in a small way.” To understand the reason for his behavior, figure out how much the baby eats in one feeding. Since it is impossible to estimate this by eye, put it on the scales 2-3 times a day before and after feeding. If the difference between these indicators is small, consult a doctor!
- Milk can become less and for no apparent reason: such “lactation crises” are repeated once every 1–1.5 months and last 3–4 days. Do not begin to feed the baby! Just apply it to your chest more often.
If, despite your best efforts, you were not able to increase the amount of breast milk, the doctor will prescribe a baby supplement. Most often, in the first 2-3 weeks after birth, babies are given fresh liquid ASU-1 or fresh dry mixtures Hipp 1 (Hipp), Samper Baby 1, Samper Lemolak (Semper).
If your child knows the problem of regurgitation or intestinal colic, try giving him Semper Bifidus (Semper). Friesland Nutrition will help to cope with constipation, and to avoid allergy to cow’s milk protein – a mixture of Nanny (Vitacare), which is prepared on the basis of goat milk.
When the baby is one month old, introduce him to sour-milk mixtures: ASU-1, NAN fermented milk (Nestlo).
It is necessary to introduce a supplement to the baby carefully: start with 15–20 g, gradually increasing the amount of the mixture, and give it to a small one whenever he does not eat breast milk. And finally, the most important thing: any feeding should begin with the attachment of the baby to the breast!
To increase the amount of milk you need:
- apply the child to one and the other breast 10–12 times a day;
- drink a glass of fermented milk drink, apple juice, tea (preferably green) with milk before each feeding;
- from time to time drink decoctions from the seeds of dill, nettle, cumin, yarrow, radish juice with honey;
- take vitamins (especially E and A) or homeopathic medicines (for example, Mlecoin).