Relaxation – you’ll be surprised, once you begin to relax while breastfeeding or your pumping sessions, at just how much more milk you will begin to have. If you are breast pumping, it is important not look at the breast milk going into the bottle while you are pumping.
Sometimes breastfeeding does not go exactly as you would like. Between a start that can be difficult or a lack of lactation, you can find yourself discouraged. How to overcome a drop in milk production? Are there any tips for increasing lactation?
We take stock of breastfeeding and give you all our advice. Many mums wonder if their baby is getting enough milk or worry that they won't get enough. Let's take the time to understand the mechanism of lactation, it will help you to have confidence in yourself, and to ask yourself the right questions.
The amount of milk produced by the breasts depends on 2 things: Attendance at feedings; How effectively the baby sucks on the breast. When the baby nurses, his sucking causes the release of 2 hormones: oxytocin and prolactin.
Prolactin is the hormone that is associated with milk production. In itself, the more the baby suckles, the more the mother's body will release prolactin and the breasts will produce milk. Thus, if the quantity of milk produced is insufficient for the baby, he will ask to breastfeed more often. This increase in suckling, which will often be accompanied by effective sucking, will cause an increase in milk production.
Oxytocin is the hormone that causes muscle contractions in the breasts. These allow milk to travel through the milk ducts and out of the nipple when the baby sucks. This phenomenon called "ejection reflex" is often felt by the mother as a tingling in the breast. It also sometimes happens that a few drops of milk come out of the breast from which the baby is not suckling.
These signs help to know that this let-down reflex is occurring. In short, milk production adapts to the baby's demand. At the beginning of breastfeeding, the mother's body does not know how much to produce. It is by giving the breast on demand that little by little the volume of milk necessary for the baby will be produced to meet his needs.
At nursingyourkids.com, we talk to mothers all the time. Many moms put themselves under terrible stress. They call and email, telling us that they pump every hour because their milk supply is low.
Pumping that often will only cause stress and trauma, which in turn will reduce breast milk supply even further.
One piece of advice I wish new moms would listen to, is that they can produce enough milk, if you stay calm and avoid stressing about breast milk production.
Breastmilk is important, but nearly all babies will survive and grow if they get formula. This does not mean that we support giving formula to babies. But it is not the worst thing that can happen if you can’t produce enough breast milk.
Too many new mothers pressure themselves to be perfect. Perfection is not healthy or real. The pressure to be a perfect mother can lead to harm to mother and perhaps the baby, as well.
The key word is RELAX. Ratcheting down the pressure is important. Relaxation will aid in more milk production and a calmer baby.
In preparation for a pumping session, use your favorite relaxation technique. Some mothers play soothing music, some use visualization of calming places before they begin pumping. A warm cup of herbal or chamomile tea before and during pumping will create a relaxing environment.
Take a deep breath, let the stress go and watch the milk begin to flow.