All mothers reach the time when nursing comes to an end and they need to dry up their milk production. This may happen when a mother elects to stop nursing in the early weeks of nursing or later when an older baby or toddler is weaned or stops nursing on his/her own.
When weaning happens while a baby is young and the milk supply is abundant, there are a couple of ways to proceed. Keep in mind that unrelieved engorgement is nature’s way to lower and end the production. You can allow the breasts to stop making milk on their own by wearing a supportive bra and using cold packs and ibuprofen for comfort. The engorgement will come to an end after several days.
Many mothers are anxious to collect extra milk for their babies in anticipation of time apart. You may be thinking about being away for a few hours or perhaps you will be returning to work or school in a few weeks or months.
So when can you start pumping? When and how often should you express extra milk? How much should you store? How long is milk good for in the freezer? And when should you introduce a bottle to your baby?
Many, many parents use pacifiers (also called dummies, binkys, paci’s or soothers) for their babies to suck on. But are they a good thing or not? So many babies use pacifiers, that there is an entire industry of not only for them, but for their accessories as well.
There’s no denying a pacifier can work very well at comforting your baby and ending her crying (especially if she has a strong need to suck but hasn’t mastered how to get her fingers into her mouth). Sticking a binky into your baby’s mouth can seem like the magic bullet!
While many mothers suffer with sore nipples at the start of breastfeeding, some continue to have soreness past the early days of nursing.
Sore nipples are most common when the baby latches onto the breast in a position that is a bit off. Even the slightest error in the latch can cause soreness and damage sensitive nipples. For more information on the best way to position the baby at the breast, read the blog “Sore Nipples in the Early Days of Nursing”.
Some mothers have a problem with making too much milk. While some may think this is a happy problem, being an over producer can be uncomfortable and lead to other difficulties.
Leaking milk excessively and having tender breasts are just a couple of the issues that happen when overproduction occurs. More serious problems like plugged milk ducts and even mastitis may also be associated with having too much milk.
Some babies also seem to have difficulties when there is too much milk. Many young babies choke and come off the breast when nursing when the milk lets-down. If the baby is fed on both breasts at each feeding, so that the mother gets relief from being overly full, the baby may suffer with gassiness and cramping.
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Many mothers worry about whether their infants are getting enough milk. In fact, the number one reason that mothers abandon breastfeeding is the belief that their baby is not getting enough to eat.
Some mothers may speak with their Pediatrician’s office by phone, ask questions of other mothers on websites, or even begin offering their babies infant formula. These worries can start when their babies seem unsatisfied after nursings, want to nurse very often, nurse for long periods, or are sleepy at the breast. Some mothers become concerned if their milk has not come in around 74 hours post partum or if their breasts become soft and their babies seem unhappy. Some babies may unhappily pull on and off the breast, again causing doubt as to whether or not the baby is getting enough to eat.
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