SOME IMPORTANT FACTS
- Most of pregnant people start producing colostrum at around 14-18 week of pregnancy.
- No one can check your milk supply by squeezing at your breast / nipples.
- If a baby is not being put at the breast immediately at birth, or if the baby gets other things like honey or animal milk etc., the baby might have challenges breastfeeding correctly.
- Your baby needs to grab a large part of your breast to withdraw milk from your breast, nipple shape size / shape does not matter if baby is correctly put at the breast at the earliest after birth.
- If you have received intravenous fluids / artificial oxytocin or any other drug to induce labor/ steroids, these all can affect your milk release.
- If breastfeeding did not happen well in the initial days, milk gets pooled up and many mothers may notice hardness/painful lumps in their breasts by day 3-4 of delivery.
- Milk production majorly depends on how effectively the baby is suckling at the breast.
- The milk making powders/ tablets mostly are not required.
- Even if the initial days were not good, you can still breastfeed.
- Some breastfeeding is better than no breastfeeding.
- If the place where you delivered, did not have skilled lactation support, they might not have known many of the above things and might have doubted your milk supply or nipple size shape etc.….
- If something like this happens/ has happened with you or your family/ spouse, look for skilled lactation support, and in the meanwhile checkout the resources shared below.
- If you are concerned that your milk supply might be low…. follow the flow diagram below and see where things might be going wrong.
MOSTLY THE CHALLENGES HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE WAY BABIES ARE PUT ON THE BREAST AND NOT BECAUSE OF LOW MILK SUPPLY, BUT IF THIS KEEPS HAPPENING FOR SOME TIME, THE MILK PRODUCTION STARTS SLOWING DOWN.
ATTACHING BABY AT YOUR BREAST
SIGNS OF EARLY HUNGER