Breastfeeding is a relationship between two people – mother and baby. As both the mother and infant evolve and grow throughout the relationship, so do ideas about weaning. Deciding when and how to introduce solid food for a baby can often be a complex experience for mothers and many mums might wonder about the right age or the right way to introduce solid foods.
Some babies don’t like to go back to the breast once they’ve fed from traditional bottles. Therefore many mums feel like they have to avoid ever giving their baby a traditional bottle or a pacifier, for fear that the baby won’t be able to properly latch on to the breast if they are breastfeeding. While this doesn’t happen with every baby, it can be a risk that may complicate breastfeeding.
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It’s so difficult to see what they’re drinking I hear you cry! Most mums at some stage will question if their baby is actually getting any milk out of the breasts!
So here are a few tips to let you know your baby is well fed:
Many women say that they were worried in pregnancy about the size of their nipples but were too frightened or embarrassed to talk to their health care provider about it.
Many mums often say to midwives in a passing comment at the end of an appointment “oh, by the way I think I may have something wrong with my nipples!”
Having spoken to many women in my role as a lactation consultant I know that unfortunately lots of women are embarrassed if they think their nipples or breasts do not look “model perfect.”
Firstly we need to visualise the inside of a lactating breast. I think the best way is to imagine the inside is like a bunch of grapes:
Every mum is different and will experience the weaning phase in her own personal way. There are some things which all mums may recognise:
Babies feed really, really, frequently in the first few days after birth. This is very normal and nothing to be concerned about. At first your baby has a very tiny tummy and only drinks a small volume of colostrum from your breasts.
This is a really common question for many parents. Often it is the question asked by the partner in the first or second week after birth.
This is because usually at the end of the first week a new mum is extremely tired, probably the most tired they have ever been – especially when they don’t listen to well-meaning advice to sleep when the baby sleeps!