First time breastfeeding

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-08-2004
First time breastfeeding
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Sat, 07-13-2013 - 7:49am

I would like to know some informations on breastfeedings. After a woman give a birth, when she can start to breast feed her baby? For how long a woman can breast feed her baby? Is it for more than 2 years or lesser?

How much milk does the woman's body will produce in each of her breasts & is there any chance where the woman will have less milk or more milk in her breasts?

Whoever have the answers, can reply to me.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Mon, 07-15-2013 - 4:22pm

Muthup, welcome to the board and thanks for stopping by!

Can you tell us a little more about your situation? Are you pregnant or are you currently nursing a baby? Are you having specific nursing concerns at this point?

After you give birth, it's important to get the baby skin to skin as soon as possible. Most babies will nurse within the first hour after being born.

A mom can breastfeed her baby for as long as she'd like since breastfeeding is all about supply and demand. The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, followed by introduction of complementary foods. The AAP also recommends breastfeeding for at least the first 12 months and thereafter for as long as both mother and baby desire. We've had moms here nurse for 2 years or more if that's what they choose.

The average baby takes in 20-30 ounces of breastmilk per day between 1 month and 6 months. It's less before that point. There are certain medical conditions like PCOS or thyroid issues that could affect milk production but most moms are physically able to produce a full supply. 

Please let us know what else we can help with and we'd be happy to elaborate.

Dana

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-08-2004
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 7:49am

Thank you for the answers.

When does the production of the milk in the breast will stop & how do we know how much is the contents of the milk in each breast & whether it is sufficient or not?

For those who are having difficulties to produce the milk or insufficient amount  of milk, what can be done to supply more milk from their breasts?

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 8:24am

Your breasts will continue to produce milk for as long as milk is demanded from them. That's the great thing about how breastfeeding works. As long as baby is taking milk, your breasts will continue to produce.

It's impossible to know the exact contents of each breast. If it's important to know how much baby is taking in, it's an option to make an appointment with a lactation consultant to do pre- and post-weights on a special extra-sensitive scale. However, that isn't necessary for most moms.

For most moms, as long as weight gain and diaper output are on track, then baby HAS to be taking in enough milk. The diapers can't be produced unless the milk is going in. Here's a link with good information about how to know if baby is getting enough: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/enough-milk/

For moms who are not producing enough milk, the suggestions on how to produce more vary by the situation. If mom is not nursing frequently enough, then she should offer the breast more frequently. If baby isn't latching correctly and that isn't stimulating the breast, mom should work hands-on with an LC to get the latch corrected. There are many potential causes to low supply. If you can tell us more about your specific situation, we'd be happy to offer some suggestions.

Dana

 

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