Breastfeeding : alarm signals a nursing mother should recognize
Breastfeeding is a very natural and the healthiest choice both for mother and baby. Most of the times, breastfeeding goes well and both mother and baby are happy. Let us review the alarm signals that may be suggesting that the breastfeeding process might not be going all well.
First, a baby that is always crying may be a sign that there is something wrong. A baby who sleeps and wakes-up for feedings is a sign that the breast milk he is receiving is satisfying. A better who also does not wet 5 to 6 diapers per day might not be receiving all the milk he needs. One has to be careful nowadays as the newer diapers are very absorbent and it can be sometimes hard to see if it is wet or not.
A baby who is not gaining weight may be a sign that the breast milk is not satisfying his needs. There is a normal weight loss during the first 7 to 10 days of life but usually this weight loss is no more than 10% of the babys birth weight.
A baby that is highly jaundiced or has a faint cry is also a sign that something might not be right. In doubt, parents should always consult their physician.
A baby who also gets really upset when trying to latch-on the breast or only feeds for a couple of minutes and then fall asleep tired are signs that should raise a flag.
On the mothers side, there are also alarm signs she should be aware of. A mother who is running a high fever or have increasing breast tenderness should consult her doctor. A nursing mother who is crying a lot or feels very sad should also ask for the proper help.
Another alarm sign breastfeeding mothers should know about is if they are in a non-supportive environment and receiving very negative messages about nursing. One has to acknowledge that not everyone will be supportive of breastfeeding and this could greatly undermine the overall breastfeeding experience.
In cases where a mother feels unsupported in her choice of breastfeeding her baby she can get the necessary support by joining a group for breastfeeding mothers. There are numerous forums on the internet where nursing mothers get together and exchange about their experiences.
Another very important step if a nursing mother does not feel supported while breastfeeding is to openly talk to her spouse or family about her feelings. Sometimes, a simple discussion will clear the air and the mother can feel understood and supported in her breastfeeding choice.
In the case of a woman who has undergone breast reduction surgery, she may try to breastfeed. Her milk production will depend on how the procedure was done. Many women have been able to breastfeed after such surgeries.
The only way to really know if the breasts can produce sufficient milk is to start nursing the baby. One has to know that the significant milk production usually starts on the second to the third day after birth. Just like for most other maternal tasks, patience is always recommended,