Am I Producing Enough Breast Milk
My breasts are still very small. Will my baby get enough milk
This is just an old wives' tale with
no basis in truth. The size or shape of your breasts has nothing to do
with the quality or quantity of milk dispensed. Milk glands in all women
are in the back part of the breasts, behind the areola. Their location
is the same, regardless of the size of the mother's breasts.
I have inverted nipples, how do I breastfeed
If your nipples are inverted, your
breasts may need to be primed (you can do this even before delivery) for
feeding. Breast shells or a manual breast pump is the best way to pull
out inverted nipples. If you are doing this before delivery and are a high
risk candidate for premature delivery, you need to be careful that the
pump does not stimulate uterine contractions.
Am I getting enough milk
The more your baby suckles the greater
the production of milk. Many mothers complain that they are not getting
enough milk. This is just not possible. If the baby is suckling
correctly, the more she empties the breast, the greater is the quantity
of milk produced.
Can twins or premature babies also be fed adequately on breast milk
Frequent suckling can provide enough
milk for two babies. The best course to follow is to let one baby
have breast milk from one breast and the other baby feed from the other
breast. The benefits of breast milk for premature babies cannot be stressed
enough. Premature babies who can swallow but not suckle should be
given expressed breast milk in a cup.
Is there any drug that can increase milk supply?
Frequent suckling in combination
with the avoidance of bottle-feeding, increases the production of milk.
While there are some drugs like Perinorm that may help increase the milk
supply, the natural method of frequent breastfeeding is preferable. However,
the purpose will be defeated if the baby is being bottle-fed at the same
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