Life experience – stories about breastfeeding
I did not focus on breastfeeding. Breast is – milk will be. I will feed until comfortable for both of us.
These were and are my main rules of breastfeeding.
Darinka was given to me right away, I tried to put it to my chest – it did not turn out very well. Later, I tried very hard to capture the entire areola, and pestered breastfeeding consultants who came regularly to check me out. Everything was good, Darinka opened her mouth like a shark.
At the first squeak, I gave her breasts, I did not drink water and did not feed anything: the hospital was banned, and I did not see the point. Milk came on the third day, nipples were ill the first two or three days, from unaccustomed, there were no cracks.
I applied my daughter to her breast at will, but we did it every two or three hours: she asked for it. When my tummy was sick, I first tried to give the breast, but she did not take it, I had to turn circles around the apartment, calming the baby by other methods. The first panic began when I could not calm Darinka’s chest.
My husband was next to me and took fire. And I was in shock: the chest, it turns out, is not all-powerful!
Darinka had big increases in the first three months, and then the weight stopped, the allergy began. I associate this with the fact that antibiotics have been prescribed for me – compatible with breastfeeding.
At first, I was worried, and then I began to focus on the state of my daughter: she is cheerful and healthy, eating well, then there is nothing to worry about.
Diathesis we suffered for the first year, even the strictest diet did not help to establish an allergen. In the end, I began to eat everything, but looked at the skin condition of my daughter: if it worsened, I would sit on a hypoallergenic diet for a week.
We started giving the daughter a lure at 6 months with cereals, because of small increases in weight. I gave her breasts all the same, at the request, I did not replace the feeding, I almost did not affect the amount of milk.
Darinka’s appetite has always been good, but I never forced her: do not want – do not eat.
I had two, both times, when Darinka was already more than a year old. The first time was able to separate the breast itself, there was no temperature. The second time Darinka slept six hours at a time at night, in the morning she did not take her breast, and by 12 o’clock I fell down with a temperature of 40.
I managed to separate the chest, but the temperature stayed for 3 days, and the doctors still prescribed antibiotics.
I excommunicated the daughter from the breast gradually, I did not put any time limits. The process accelerated when I learned about the second pregnancy, because the milk drastically abated and it became simply unpleasant to breast-feed: the sensitivity of the nipples increased.
If the child's allergic reaction was severe, it is quite possible that, as Elena supposes, this was the reason. In advance, it is almost impossible to predict how a babe will react to medications that fall into one's or his body with milk from a mother.
The reaction can be very individual. And we are talking only about the medicines that have been approved for use by nursing mothers.
The choice of porridge as the first complementary meal with poor body weight gain by the child is fully justified. Unfortunately, without precise data it is difficult to give concrete advice. I will assume that the child's weight gain was still not critically small, since otherwise the pediatrician would recommend Elena supplementing the baby with adapted formulas and earlier introduction of complementary foods.
Of course, such recommendations should be preceded by a detailed conversation with my mother, whose purpose is to find out the reasons for small increases. It is important to understand immediately whether breastfeeding is properly organized, whether there are any gaps that cause a smaller amount of milk secretion; it can be, for example, the lack of night feedings, rare daytime feeding, insufficient drinking regimen for the mother, etc.
Pediatricians should have the skills of counseling on breastfeeding. If it is difficult to get help from a doctor in this regard (usually due to the latter's employment), breastfeeding advisers can come to the rescue.
The misconception that lactostasis only occurs in newly-given women is very common. But no less vigilant in terms of lactostasis should be the mothers of grown-up children. Elena is an example.
If her girl is used to sucking her breasts often, a break in feeding lasting several nights and morning hours could well provoke a stagnation of milk in her chest. The fact that the high temperature persisted for several days suggests the possibility of developing serous mastitis.
Probably, therefore, the doctors who watched Elena did not dare leave it without antibiotic therapy.
The process of weaning can occur quickly and slowly. Elena chose the second option.
As a rule, slow weaning is less traumatic for the child's psyche; Kids experience this difficult process more easily. The onset of a repeat pregnancy can indeed contribute to a quicker resolution of the problem; in the body of a woman during pregnancy there are physiological changes, ultimately not contributing to lactation in a pregnant woman.
By itself, pregnancy is not a contraindication to breastfeeding, but with a high risk of premature babies - for example, if there is a threat of interruption, having a miscarriage in a woman in the past - it is more sensible to stop feeding the baby with your milk, especially when the baby is already big enough term termination of breastfeeding was already 1 year 8 months) and the plan for breastfeeding by mother has already been fulfilled.