They are known as lactation crisis, episodes during which the baby seems unhappy with his mother's milk supply, fortunately these happen at a generally constant age, allowing us to understand your behavior.
They are characterized because the little ones want to suckle continuously, which can translate into not letting go of the breast or eating every 30 minute, they cry tirelessly because they do not have the nipple in their mouth or they regurgitate milk in considerable quantities but want to continue sucking.
This behavior greatly distresses mothers, who mistakenly think that their milk supply is not enough to meet the needs of their baby and begin to supplement with formula or sadly abandon breastfeeding.
Given this fact, It is important to understand that this is a common phenomenon during lactation and that for there to be sufficient milk production there must be stimulation, It is given by the continuous suction and at the free demand of the baby.
There are three clearly defined moments of lactation crisis.
The first crisis, reaches the 15 days, when the baby and his demands increase and he needs to eat more, for this reason he is restless and searches for the breast more frequently.
The second crisis comes a month and a half, In this period, an adaptation of breast milk occurs in relation to the maturity of the baby's intestine and its flavor changes., this fact is detected by your baby, who will quickly get used to the new flavor if we keep the breastfeeding frequencies constant.
The third crisis occurs after three months, at this stage the baby has much greater suction strength and will take faster feedings as he is able to empty the breasts with greater speed, that is to say, take more in less time, this period coincides with the development of their hearing and vision, that makes everything that moves or sounds, powerfully attract his attention and it is not so easy to keep him attentive the moment of suction.
To help you during this period, take into account the following recommendations:
Allow your baby to suck on demand, that is, do not force it to suck.
Pay attention to signs that you want to suck, such as putting his hands to his mouth or opening his mouth making the sucking gesture, do not wait for your baby to cry to offer the breast.
Delegate housework to your partner or family so that you can dedicate more time to calmer and unhurried shots.
Do not give artificial milk supplements, remember: If there is no suction, no production.
Try to shoot in a dimly lit room without much noise.
Never doubt your ability to breastfeed. Seems simple, but when there are difficulties, it's the first thing you think about. Don't lose trust in yourself.
Find a breastfeeding support group, that will reassure you when you see that this is a normal period and above all it is transitory, with confidence you will achieve it.
Made by: Drag. Cristina Arcos B.