common breastfeeding mistakes and how to avoid them

Have you ever been unable to feed your baby entirely? It hurts, when your breasts are unable to feed, and you wish that hope it won’t happen again. Why not look to the mistakes that a women commonly do that may lead to the shortage of milk supply in breasts, you must avoid these mistakes and fix them for your next baby.

I would love to share the most common mistakes that women usually do, as they are not aware, during there first born. Don’t repeat or focus on your mistakes and try identifying and repenting your mistakes.

Not Having enough knowledge

All of us are lazy, and we don’t even bother to spend some more time on the research, one must do some research, not just read the first article on google not extensively, every mother think that breastfeeding would go smoothly. A women must consult a good doctor or spend some time on research on the internet.

Like that, A women didn’t research which birth method is the best for breastfeeding. While she doesn’t know that using drugs for delivery may affect how drowsiness a newborn feels, and that may affect whether they start breastfeeding immediately. The little baby suffered from the jaundice right after being discharged from the hospital. It is better to get a good amount of knowledge from the consultant or physician for the better health of baby and the mother. Grab some good books that help you in keeping your mind positive, early problems that moms suffer during first year of childbirth.

Thinking Pain is Normal

If breastfeeding your baby hurts your nipples, then you need to stop breastfeeding and see your doctor. Why is it necessary? If breastfeeding hurts your nipples, it may be a sign that something is seriously wrong and you should see your doctor immediately. “Breastfeeding is like anything else – like going to the bathroom, or breathing – and if any of those things really, really hurt and go to your doctor, they would probably want to know why.”

If your breast is still constantly hurting while your nipple feels numbs, there are much chances that you are experiencing Vasospasms, which feeling like a stabbing, burning and stretched feeling of skin. It is normally due to the decreased blood flow in the mammary gland and due to hormonal production in the early stages of birth. It make the skin feel tight and needle pin sensations. How to lessen this pain? It is better to massage, it helps in widening the breast veins. It also results in the lesser milk-flow, forming a latch, this latch is a key to unlock the milk-supply. In the early months if there is a good contact between baby and mother, the body naturally send the signals to mammary gland to produce more milk. If the signal is not strong enough, or the baby interaction is lesser, the mammary gland won’t produce enough milk, such that the shortage of milk.

common breastfeeding mistakes and how to avoid them

One should never ignore any kind of breast related pain, the doctor suggests these pains as chest pains and consider them as early signs of Breast Cancer and Cardiac Arrests.

Separation Baby after Birth

Sometime, due to medical reasons or the weakness in mother/baby, make the doctors to separate the baby from the mother. If there is no interaction between the baby and mother, it reduces the milk supply in the mother. Similarly as mentioned above, if there is less physical contact between the bodies, the women nature will not produce the milk. As the baby’s interaction produces involuntary signals that helps in the production of milk in the breasts.

Also, nursing has proven that spending your early hours with the baby, along with the skin-to-skin contact with the baby, increases the chances of breastfeeding, also keeping the baby warm by your own body.

If you place your baby in nursery, then you miss the very first opportunity for him or her to learn about his or her hunger cues. If you could identify when your baby is hungry before they start crying, you might be able to avoid the fussiness that comes from babies who are already too hungry.

When is the Baby full?

New mothers often don’t know when their babies are full, so they end up feeding too less. There is nothing wrong with a newborn baby sleeping on the mother’s chest, as long as he has had enough to eat. However, if she assumes that he is hungry, then she is mistaken. Many mothers believe their babies are sleeping with a full stomach on there chest. Just like the first mistake, due to less knowledge.

While a baby not getting full may not be a breastfeeding problem unless the child is not showing enough signs of good health, like growing well and having enough pee or poop. Learning how to make feedings more efficient and making sure the baby is full before falling sleep could make life easier for both mother and baby. You’ll get a few days off from work, and your baby will be happy. To check if your baby do the put-down test. You can put them down without a swaddling blanket or a pacifier, but if they fall asleep before you get back to them, they may not be able to tell you that they’re hungry. If they start to flutter their wings and squawk, pick up and hold them in an upright tum to tum position with you. They may burp or settle in your arms if they need some cuddle time. It’s completely normal. But if they start to bob their head around and root for the breast, or suck on their hands, it means they’re still hungry.

Ignoring your own hunger and thirst

Breastfeeding moms should avoid getting too dehydrated because it makes nursing harder. Breast milk is good for babies, but it won’t give moms energy.

If the body is not taking enough nutrients from your stomach, the breasts will start to complete the nutrients by taking them from your bones, muscles, teeth and hair. It results in hair loss, weakening bones, tooth loss and in severe cases the mother needs to be admitted to hospital if there is major deficiency. In case of less calcium, proteinic and dehydrated diet, results in weakening and tiredness in the body. Not only physical, but it also make the body mentally tired. In taking care of the baby, try spending a few minutes for yourself, it is one of the toughest time for a mother, but the basic diet of human is necessary. Continue taking vitamins in the form of fruits, it reduces the post-pregnancy pain and fills the stomach while meeting your vitamin and omega needs.

Switching to Pacifier or Bottle

For Working Ladies, it has now become a common trend to start feeding by bottle or pacifier instead of breastfeeding. It is another common mistake that women do, it is okay to switch to Pacifier or Breast Pump Bottle, but in the early stages of baby it is not good. It is easier for the baby to remove milk from the bottle than the mothers breast. The baby prefers the bottle for ease. Not only it effects the growing jaws of baby, but it can also cause the nipple confusion for the baby. It may mess up the milk supply in the women breasts for the next baby.

It is better to take some leaves and interact with the little one as much as possible. Avoid the Bottle in early weeks and only use the bottle after few weeks and only if necessary.

Switching to Supplements

Introducing early formula even when not necessary is also a big mistakes that mothers do, the moms try too introduce the formula or supplements for themselves by judging there milk supply. These Formulae are good for a limited usage for babies, and also many lactation experts suggests mothers to eat good diet to breast fee the baby all by herself. If you think you have low milk supply it is better to visit a lactation consultant who can advise you in getting a best supplement.

Remember, this supplement reduces the urge of your breasts to produce milk and decreases the current supply of milk.

You Judge Your Milk Supply By Your Pumping Output

Your pump is not a baby! No pumps are as efficient as your baby taking milk from your breasts. Your supply can vary day from night. If you think you have a low milk supply, once again, it’s best you reach out to an Lactation Consultant. Otherwise, continue to pump and rest assured that as soon as your baby is gaining some weight and having wet and soiled diapers, they are getting plenty of milk.

Being Stressed Out

New mothers need to relax! Stress kills your milk supply. You should try to get some sleep every night.Try to eat healthy foods while breastfeeding. Postpartum depression affects many women after giving birth. This condition causes mood swings, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, loss of interest in usual activities, thoughts about death or suicide, changes in appetite, trouble sleeping, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and other symptoms. Many women feel better after childbirth, but some experience severe depression lasting several months or longer. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. Pumping helps you get more milk out of your breasts. Make sure you eat enough because if you don’t, you may not produce enough milk. Stay hydrated to avoid dehydration and low milk production. Breastfeeding mothers should drink plenty of water daily. This helps them stay hydrated and recover faster after childbirth. Foods that are rich in calcium and iron are recommended for nursing mothers. These foods help the body absorb nutrients more efficiently, and aid in healing. Lactating women should eat these items: Salmon, Seaweed, Shellfish, Sardines, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Broccoli, Avocado, Olive Oil, Full Fat Yogurt, Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Beans, Lentils, Oatmeal, Quinoa, Buckwheat.

By Ronny