By Katie Dupuis May 1, Photo: Younglovemedia via Instagram. There were many surprises in the first few days after I gave birth to my daughter Sophie—like the sheer volume of laundry generated by such a tiny person and the constant ache down in Ladyland —but nothing was more unexpected than the amount of time it took for my milk to come in.
Common myths about breastfeeding can affect the breastfeeding relationship between a mother and her baby. Here are some truths to dispel these wrong ideas. Truth: It is not normal for breastfeeding to hurt.
Having a sore breast can be a painful and alarming experience and can occur when the milk flow in your breast is blocked. Your breast may feel tender, there may or may not be redness or a hard spot or sore lump in your breast. Treat any engorgement promptly to avoid developing blocked ducts or mastitis.
Each time baby begins to nurse the nerves in your breast send signals that release the milk in your milk ducts. This let down reflex usually happens after your baby has been sucking the breast for about two minutes. Some women feel this let-down reflex as a tingling or a warmth. Some moms with sensitive reflexes can let down their milk either right before or right at the beginning of a breastfeeding session.
Breastfeeding has important health benefits for your baby and helps the two of you bond. The benefits are even higher for babies who are born high-risk. Babies in the NICU need a mother's breast milk to help support their immune systems, improve their digestion, and decrease the risk of a serious condition called NEC necrotizing enterocolitis.
Remember when it felt like you had two boulders full of milk on your chest? And if the baby let go while nursing, you'd laugh as the milk sprayed everywhere? But now things have changed.
Breast engorgement is a problem that is common in the early days and weeks of breastfeeding. Once your baby is born, your breasts are given a signal to start full milk production. Blood flows to your breasts, and your milk usually comes in 1 to 4 days after the birth.
It is normal for your breasts to feel mostly soft after the first weeks, although if there has been a long stretch without nursing or pumping they might feel a little full and heavy. At some point, typically around weeks if a mom has oversupply it may take longeryour milk supply will begin to regulate and your breasts will begin to feel less full, soft, or even empty. This change may come about gradually or seem rather sudden.
That may lead some new moms to wonder: Am I making enough breast milk? Is my newborn getting enough to eat? Here's some help decoding the situation.