Breastfeeding is a beautiful adventure though sometimes it is challenging. Besides breast fullness, milk stasis or problems with injured nipples, you can experience negative symptoms of lactation crisis.
Lactation crisis is a moment during breastfeeding in which you will probably think that you have less milk, your baby will seem hungry all the time and as a rule the whole feeding rhythm that you have worked out will be disturbed. This is not without reason. Your baby's need for food changes because of its grow and development. Besides the amount of food also its composition changes and adapts to the needs of developing organism.
Remember! Latching your baby on stimulates the pituitary gland, which is responsible for producing the right amount of milk with its specific composition.
There may be several lactation crises during whole breastfeeding period. Most often they appear at the 3rd and 6th week of a baby's life, later at the turn of the 3rd and 4th month and are associated with a baby’s growth spurt. Of course, there may be more of them. They can also occur at a different time because each child develops at its own individual pace. The crisis usually lasts a few days and can be troublesome, but if you understand your role and mechanism, you will be able to wait it out without panic.
During lactation crisis your baby looks hungry despite the fact you breastfeed it very often. It empties both breasts and even then still demands more food. You can think that you have not enough milk, a low milk supply or your milk is not nourishing enough. This can lead to frustration and attempts to feed your baby with infant formula.
It is very important not to give up at the first signs of a crisis. Many mums think that if a child is constantly hungry, they must start to give them infant formula. This may lead to the early cessation of breastfeeding. Lactation will not have the chance to adapt to your child's natural needs.
Remember! If the crisis doesn’t go away after 2-3 days, despite frequent latching on, contact a doctor or a lactation clinic.
During the lactation crisis, eat well and drink a lot of water. Remember to eat vegetables and fruits. What is more, groats may help to encourage milk production. It is also important that you eat healthy fats (e.g. nuts, avocados, flax, sesame). Be sure to drink a lot of low-mineralized water, fruit or herbal teas, which have a calming effect. However, remember that mint and sage inhibit lactation. It is better to choose, for example, chamomile.
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