Breast milk is the ideal food for your infant. Breastfeeding is a unique, sharing moment stimulating the mum-baby interaction. Breastfeeding should not be worrying as it is a universal natural act. You need to get familiar with breastfeeding as with any other human experience. You will find here answers to the frequent questions many mothers ask themselves.
Is breastfeeding tiring?
You can fell tired at the beginning but the physiological benefits of breastfeeding counterbalance this sensation: the uterine contractions caused by breastfeeding help you get your pre-pregnancy figure back.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
A lack of milk is extremely rare. If your baby cries after feeding, it is more likely caused by an uncomfortable posture or suction. Do not hesitate to seek advice and help from the healthcare professionals.
I have too much milk, what should I do?
You can regularly express milk manually or with a pump following the hygiene recommendations. The milk can then be stored at 6°C for maximum 48 hours.
Should I feed from one breast or both?
During the first 15 days feed your baby from both breast each time until the milk production is well established. Later you will change breast for each feed. Changing breasts each time gives the breast a rest and reduces risks of cracks.
I suffer from engorgement, what should I do?
Your breasts are tense and painful? You baby has problems breastfeeding? No need to panic. Our tip: Taking a hot shower will stimulate the milk flow. You can also apply very warm moist heat packs to your breast a few times a day. Massaging the breast helps alleviating engorgement too.
I am scared of getting cracks… How can I avoid them?
Cracks are very small and painful splits in the nipples‘ skin. To avoid them, make sure your baby has the whole of the nipple area in the mouth and does not hurt you when sucking . Avoid long feeding times where your baby just sucks the nipple without eating anymore. Hygiene is also highly important: anything in contact with your breast should be clean. Chose cotton bras as synthetic ones encourages cracks.
I have the impression my baby is drinking to fast… What should I do?
Some babies drink so fast they swallow as much milk as air… They sneeze, cough and may bring up milk after feeding. In this case, try to have a break during feeding to wind your baby.
What to do if my baby refuses a feed?
Your baby may just be tired or bad tempered, which will make it difficult to finish a feed. As long as this situation remains occasional, there is nothing to worry about. Let the next feed be longer. Your baby can be fed as often as needed if you think it is necessary. Bare in mind that a baby needs 6 to 8 feeds per day between 0 and 6 months of age.
How often should I breastfeed?
It is recommended to feed every two to three hours. Every baby follows a different feeding pattern. Do not worry, your baby will naturally find his own routine.