Is it okay to start the formula with the concern that my milk is not enough?

Istanbul Okan University Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Specialists Association. Dr. Senol Bozdag, Kln. PS Melis Ünlü New mothers talk about the stress of “I have enough milk” while breastfeeding.

16px “>Istanbul Okan University Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Specialists Association. Dr. Senol Bozdag, Kln. PS Melis Ünlü New mothers talk about the stress of “I have enough milk” while breastfeeding.

Even if there is no milk after delivery, should the baby continue to be breastfed?

If possible, breastfeed within the first half hour, and last within 1 hour. Because later the child will want to fall asleep and it will be difficult to wake the child. On the first day, babies should be breastfed every 2-3 hours. If she sleeps for more than 3-4 hours, she should wake up and breastfeed. After 2-3 weeks, she will feel hungry and want to wake up and suck.

How right is it to start the formula with the concern of not having enough milk?

As long as the baby is properly positioned and breastfed, there is no shortage of breast milk. However, postpartum anxious mothers may have a tendency to give formula because the baby is afraid of starvation. For this reason, it is important to support the mother, train breastfeeding counselors on breastfeeding, and provide emotional support.

What are the effects of stress during breastfeeding?

When the baby begins to drink breast milk, the stimulation of a hormone called oxytocin increases. Prolactin secretion is higher in mothers who are comfortable, peaceful and happy when they see their baby and have sensual contact with it. Prolactin secretion increases milk production and secretion. Therefore, as long as the baby is properly positioned and breastfed, there is no shortage of breast milk. However, postpartum anxious mothers may have a tendency to give formula because of fear of not being able to feed the baby and the baby is starving.

Postpartum anxiety and stress activate stress hormones and especially the mother’s adrenergic system, suppressing the secretion of hormones such as prolactin and oxytocin and reducing milk production and secretion. For this, it is very important that people close to the mother (especially her husband) support the mother and breastfeeding counselors provide training and emotional support to the mother on breastfeeding.

How to handle the stress of close family members at this time?

Breastfeeding is important for mothers not only for the nutritional value of milk and for the nutrition and development of your baby, but also emotionally. Although the mentality of the breastfeeding mother is different in every woman, it is one of the most important factors during this time when she is breastfeeding her baby. We should not be stuck with the question of breastfeeding that may come from the environment. The first thing that many mothers feel uncomfortable and anxious about while breastfeeding is the annoying questions and comments from the environment.

Often words from your relatives or family elders to inform and guide you can make you feel stressed and feel that you are not good enough for your baby. There will be people who will tell you how to breastfeed, what to eat and what not to eat. It can overwhelm you; But most of all, you should try not to stress that these people are talking about the welfare of you and your baby. Although there may be people who are trying to help you, there may be curious and terrified people around you;

  • Your milk is not enough for the baby and do not feed him,
  • You can’t breastfeed your baby well,
  • Your milk is not good for your baby,
  • There are people who ask or tell if you are breastfeeding your baby. Try to enjoy breastfeeding your baby regardless of the questions and statements that can cause psychological damage to the breastfeeding mother.

Remember; If you are happy and happy then your little one will feel it too. The thing to remember here is that every mother’s milk comes. Nature has programmed women accordingly. Mothers can experience excitement, anxiety and insecurity for a variety of reasons in the early days and it is important to constantly remind yourself that this is a very normal process. In this case, it may be the loss of milk, refusal to feed the baby, reluctance, even a mutual power struggle, anger. Be confident that you can deal with it. If this period is prolonged, it may be helpful to seek expert help to restore a healthy and safe mother-child relationship. Parents should also consider the healthy, safe mother-child relationship established during this period, as it also plays a decisive role in the child’s future relationship. If you want to breastfeed your puppy in the best way possible, your priority should be to maintain your morale.

Source: (BHA) – Bayaz News Agency

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