My dear friends,
today I would like to share some ideas and also learnings which I got after two months of nursing.
Sometimes I had doubts whether I have enough milk, because my darling was crying more and I did not want to use artificial powder milk and then I heard from my mom (who anyway was not nursing me and have no experience with that)………..”my dear you have probably weak milk”…… and then I started to search more and I asked a lactation specialist and also our pediatrician and even other moms how this works. Is it possible, that I do have “weak milk”?. The answer was NO. There does not exist such a weak or strong milk. There is only one type of milk, although I have to confess that I had experienced that if I eat properly, it means a lot and especially meat, eggs and milk products, my breast became full of milk faster and I could see that my darling needs less effort to drink it out and he is happier and fully satisfied.
So I now know that the myth of such a “weak milk” isn’t true but the quality (or better say, quantity) of milk depends on your dietary habits.
Another concern of mine was whether the structure of my diet influenced the creation of gases of my baby. Because my son do suffer quite a lot of gases.
The answer is, not really. I recognized that if I will not eat properly with a large variety of dishes my son will not have all needed vitamins in his milk and anyway he used to have gases no matter what I ate. I asked also my closest once whether it is normal and they said that it is. It seems that specially guys do suffer from gases more than girls so the most important is to let my baby burp after every drink, even he falls asleep because otherwise the gases get accumulated and then he suffers much more. You should hear his scream if I let him sleep and did not let him burp after the nursing.
I was also looking for the things which should help to boost my milk production since I am not any milk factory. I do not have leasking problems like other moms. I do not have to wear nursing pads in my bra……… actually I do not wear a bra, (I hate that feeling of being tied 🙂 )so I was not sure whether I do have enough milk for my son. But as I see that he is growing and even putting weight I do not have this concern any more.
What I can strongly recommend for increasing nursing capacity is drinking tea for nursing mothers, there are various brands and today I also found syrup for making refreshing drinks. I like their taste and it helps to boost milk production and also reduce gases creation.
Another important fact is the demand of my baby. Sometimes he is asking for more drink specially after I am exercising and playing with him, then he gets more thirsty afterwards. And really important is to consider the so called periods of “fast growing” when is the baby much more hungry. It is 3rd and 6th week and than 3rd and 6 th month. In that time baby will be like vampire. He will try to drink everything what you will have available. For example Edie grown in his 3rd and 4th week 5 cm and put nearly 1 kg
So as I learned the most important is:
- to keep a proper diet
- to rest as much as possible
- to drink nursing teas
- to give your baby as many times milk as is asking for (do not be miss leaded wit his cry for tiredness or desire to play)
- to consider the fast growing periods in the babies development and his higher demand