Breastfeeding Baby Problems
Keeping tabs on
baby's reaction to breastfeeding
Breastfeeding problems, such as milk production difficulties, are not
as common when using the Parent-directed feeding (PDF) method, but they do occur. Even if you are well rested,
eating healthy, have a pretty routine life, and your baby is growing and getting enough food, you still may
experience a milk production issue.
Many things can cause milk production problems. Here are just a few
that can cause breastfeeding problems.
|Breastfeeding your baby is generally considered to be
for baby's health and wellbeing. Some babies and mothers however,
may experience breastfeeding problems. (Image by
problemsSome things that can affect your milk supply
- What mom eats
- How much mom rests and sleeps
- Her state of mind
- The age of the mom
- How many children you have
- Your desire to breastfeed
- Your nursing capabilities
- Your nursing techniques
- Baby’s latch on abilities
If you choose to breastfeed, it is very important that you take your
baby for their check-ups as needed. If you don’t, how will you know if he is getting enough milk and growing at the
correct rate? There is no way for you to tell that your child is getting enough nutrition for sure without your
child being weighed.
Mother's breast milk contains colostrum that will aid
the baby's immune system.
During the first week of your baby’s life, your breasts will produce colostrum for
them to drink. Colostrum is rich in antibodies and aids the baby’s immune system. It also helps him pass his first
bowel movement, which is called meconium.
Meconium is black and tarry looking and is in the first few diapers after birth.
Then he begins to transition to a brown substance and after your milk comes in, it becomes a yellow, mustardy stool
that is loose and watery. Bottle-fed baby’s pass firmer, tannish stools than breastfed baby’s.
After 24-48 hours after birth, your baby will start having wet
diapers that will increase to two or three a day.
While your baby drinks colostrum and then milk, you should listen for
a pattern of "suck, suck, suck, swallow." This pattern will be rhythmic and there should be no "clicking" noises.
The "clicking" sound can indicate that your baby is not properly latched on and may not be getting enough milk from
you. If you start to hear this, you need to unlatch him and then reattach him. If you continue to hear this sound
after reattaching him several times, then you may want to consult a lactation consultant or your
After the first week of life, you should see 6-8 wet diapers each day
and at least 3 bowel movements a day. His urine should be clear and he should become more alert with each passing
day. Your baby should also be gaining weight and growing, as this is the surest way to tell that they are getting
enough nutrition. If you have two days in a row that deviates from the above indicators, then you should call your
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