There is a child, no milk! that is, problems with lactation

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Did you know that only 60% of mothers in France even try to latch their babies to the breast after birth? And in Sweden, almost 100% of newborns are breastfed? Did you know that the majority of women failing to breastfeed is due to a lack of adequate help?


Choosing a hospitalin which I wanted to give birth to a child, I attached great importance to the staff's approach to breastfeeding. The hospital where my Child was born had very good opinions in this respect. This is why I did not pack a breast pump to the hospital - I assumed that with the professional care of midwives specializing in lactation, I would certainly manage, and in case of failure my husband would take me the breast pump that was waiting at home.


Lack of food after delivery does not bode well. In fact, such a baby only needs a few drops, because his stomach is the size of a thimble. So you have time to properly take care of the milk production.


When, together with the hours that passed from the birth, no food appeared, I reported to the midwife that my baby looked hungry, and I MOST having no food. I received the answer: "Fine, we will feed the baby." I was in shock. It's not what I asked for. When I asked the second midwife for help and heard: "Okay, we'll give them artificial," I clearly protested that I was not asking for feeding the baby, but for help so that I could feed it myself. Unfortunately, I did not receive any help. I don't need to write how bad I felt in the absence of outside help, having a crying newborn by my side. Literally - because, unfortunately, there was a total ban on visits to the ward, and the visiting room was still beyond my reach.


If I had not shown determination at this stage, if it had not been for all the information I collected with which I went to give birth, I probably would never breastfeed. I would believe that if a specialist in midwife tells me that feeding advice is a lack of food, I would do it. I would feed the baby artificially, waiting for food that would not have to come at all. Therefore, if the birth is still ahead of you, and you want to breastfeed, or at least want to try, I have prepared some tips for you.



Get ready for breastfeeding!


1. The right position when bringing in and feeding your baby

First of all: it's good for you to know as much as possible about what is behind breastfeeding success. Personally, even before delivery, I invited a midwife to my home, who showed me various breastfeeding positions convenient for me, and also showed what to look for when feeding and how to put my baby to breast. She also made me realize that the success of the whole enterprise is largely my peace, relaxation and comfort. Therefore, when after delivery I had no strength to hold the Baby in his arms, and the hospital pillow was not enough, my husband brought me to the hospital feeding pillow - You can take her with you right away. If you have the food and the right position for latching on and feeding, your chances of success are great. If you have a problem with positioning the child, it is difficult and uncomfortable for you, be sure to seek professional help.


2. Stimulating milk production

If you are in the correct feeding position and your baby grasps and sucks the breast, but you are suffering from a lack or lack of food, it is always best to contact a specialist. Remember that the best method of stimulating the breasts to produce milk is to latch the baby to the breast as often and as long as possible. It is very important for the baby to grab as much of the nipple as possible and stimulate it on as much surface as possible, thanks to which more prolactin, responsible for the production of food, will be released in your brain. Direct contact of your skin with your child's mouth and saliva is very important, so remember that breast shields are the last resort, which you should use only under the supervision of a specialist, and you should always give your baby a breast without them before using them, so that despite their use, communication is possible. line Baby - Your breast - Your brain was at least partially preserved.


However, before the professional help comes, you can start additional, independent stimulation of the breasts to produce breast milk. Here I will introduce you to the 7-5-3 method that I used myselfwhen after cesarean section I had no food at all.


According to the 7-5-3 method, child you put your breasts on demand for as long as you want to suck, and after each feeding (or after each feeding attempt) you express (or actually try to express) breast milk using the 7-5-3 method, so:


  • 7 minutes on the right breast
  • 7 minutes from the left breast
  • 5 minutes from the right breast
  • 5 minutes from the left breast
  • 3 minutes from the right breast
  • 3 minutes from the left breast.

You can stimulate your breasts in this way with a manual or electric breast pump, which I highly recommend. You can also do it yourself, especially when you don't have a breast pump yet, and you want to start working on milk production as soon as possible - then read about manual expressing food.


Remember - the best form of breast stimulation for production or for increased milk production is the suckling baby. You have heard for sure more than once that "the child would just hang on the chest"? Here's your answer - it's the most natural thing in the world. Thinking "treats me like a pacifier", It is worth answering the question - what came first? Breast or pacifier? More like a breast, so a Baby who sucks on a nipple can at most treat the nipple like a breast, thus taking away the valuable stimulation from your breasts, which only aggravates the problems with a lack of food. I regret that I only found out about it after the birth.


Remember - you don't worry if you still don't have milk after a few tries, if you still haven't managed to express a drop. You keep working - by trying to pump regularly, you stimulate your breasts to produce milk. 99% of the time, food finally appears. For me it took 48 hours, but I know a case where the food appeared only after 14 days. After 14 days of pumping. This was my motivation. This was a time when I was definitely determined to work on natural feeding. Fortunately, I didn't have to work on it that long.


Also remember that some breasts cannot be expressed with a breast pump. Therefore, the amount of milk expressed is not a measure of the amount produced by the breasts. Hence, it is so important to "pump" regardless of the result, that is the amount of milk obtained, and to constantly attach the Baby to the breast (always before "pumping"). In our situation, it turned out that the Child began to eat before I saw the food in the bottle of the connected breast pump. Later, I had no problem expressing milk in this way. Remember that each of us is different and unique, and so is our feeding history.


What if you don't have the strength to work so hard to produce your milk? I admit, it happened to me once a day - usually at night - not to stimulate my breasts after feeding. When I was very tired, I sometimes shortened my cycle to 5-3-1 minutes. However, the most important thing you need is peace, help and support from loved ones, maximum time for relaxation and rest, a kind word, faith. Remember, I believe in you, and your child, above all.


You can additionally support yourself with appropriate tea blends or supplements created especially for mothers with a food shortage (for example, products based on barley malt - and, of course, I do not mean beer).


I will not answer you here if and when you should artificially feed your child. This is a very individual matter and I always recommend consulting here trusted lactation adviserwho will advise and possibly help in choosing the best substitute milk, and will also provide you with appropriate care.


Remember that if you manage to express any food, you can boldly give it to your baby after the next feeding attempt - if he is not full and the breasts are already empty. Especially in the beginning, every drop of your food is worth its weight in gold. However, I suggest, especially initially, not to use the bottle for this purpose, so as not to disturb the child's sucking reflex. Personally, I fed the newborn with a syringe, the so-called by the finger method. I gave the little one a finger to suck on and injected my milk into the corner of his mouth, drop by drop. Of course, keeping in mind the rules of hygiene. This method is also worth using if you decide to feed your baby with the mixture.


Similarly, I advise against giving your baby a soother - it is a pity that instead of stimulating the breasts for full lactation, the baby would offer what is best with a piece of gum. It is a pity that no one told me about it in the hospital where I gave birth.



3. Trouble feeding

If you have any feeding problems, remember - there's no need to wait, so check your area before giving birth recommended lactation midwife, which in case of problems with feeding will come to you for a home visit.


Dear, and now I wish you a beautiful, long feeding - if of course you both want it.

Leave a comment:

  • Patricia

    And I will say yes
    I had covers because my son didn't want breasts. Not a drop flew so I'm not surprised that he didn't want a breast. In the end he got artificial milk and I put on a tea pump etc. and nothing. After a month I gave up. I squeezed 1ml from both breasts maximally. My mother had no food my grandmother had no food with no child. Now with the second one, I doubt it too and I don't mind at all. I will try but if there is no food I will not bother.

  • Natalia

    Feeding at night is one of the most important because at night most food is created. Tea for lactation does not give the same effect as other preparations .. femaltiker lactosan etc. just did not help and mom sauce A is little known but I assure you that helpful!

  • Agnieszka

    Then maybe I'll write on my example, I stimulated 2 breasts fold. In 6 week and 6 month. I have small breasts and completely concave nipples. He wounded me so much that I didn't feed him for almost 2 weeks, even with overlays it caused me a lot of pain. And just because of stress, my weakness began to disappear, so only the breast pump entered the game and after 7 days lactation returned, and I could calmly feed. In 6 a month, my and my child's illness disappeared. He stopped eating and we ended up in hospital. In a cheerful home hospital and an older child, I did not have time for anything so the food disappeared again. Finally returned after 5 days. But despite the super-electric breast pump, that wouldn't be all. You need to massage your breasts. From top to nipple, gently. And in addition, with my small and very soft breasts, I had to bend over and hold my breast freely, not pressing the breast pump too hard. That's how the midwife showed me and helped me a lot. Of course, I used the 7-5-3 method on average every 1,5 hours.


    How long should breasts be stimulated with a breast pump?

  • Paulina

    Feeding does not necessarily mean giving up breastfeeding. At the beginning I also had no food and gave a bottle to change breasts and sometimes I helped myself with a breast pump. The child has just turned three months and I breastfeed without any problems, sometimes I give a bottle, for my own convenience, or when I have to go out and the child stays with his father or grandmother. You do not have to go to extremes, giving a bottle does not mean a loss of lactation.

  • Renata

    Hello after feeding, I used a breast pump to stimulate breasts for greater production, but what should I do with breast milk? Give the child?

    • 12.06.2018

      If your baby needs it, yes, and if he is full, you can freeze it in special bags for freezing mother's food - it will definitely be useful later 🙂

  • danita

    It is best to constantly try to attach the baby sooner or later should grab the breast, and if you have problems with food, it is best during this period to still be supported by some preparations, e.g. prolactan prenalen. He helped me after a few uses was a significant improvement.

    • krarolka

      and what exactly is it and where to buy?

    • Magdalena Stefańska

      This is described as a powdered drink, but I prefer to eat yogurt, a lactation support, and you can buy it at any pharmacy. It helps feeding very well, and if a child has difficulty grasping their breasts, the nipple pads are great.

    • krarolka

      and as a drink, is it mixed up with something? Water? milk? drinking yogurt maybe?

    • Magdalena Stefańska

      Water rather falls off, but yogurt, milk, drinking but banana yogurt what the flavors will not bite because prolactane is banana.

    • krarolka

      Hehe, I only buy natural anyway, so there is no problem that the flavors will mix up. And after how many days of use will improvement be seen?

    • Magdalena Stefańska

      That you know depends on the body. If I tell you that it worked for me after 3 days, for example, and it will affect you after 5, you will have a grudge. Works fairly fast, calmly 🙂

    • Kata_i_mata

      I saw the effects of prolactan after 4 days when I drank it for the first time, and with subsequent crises - even after 2/3 days, it also works really fast. but other products of this type did not help me at all ...

    • Sabina Potrykus

      You can buy at any pharmacy. These are sachets that are mixed with yogurt or milk. You drink one a day.

  • Anna Łykowska

    I also didn't have food, the hospital was also focused on kp and it came out like in the post above plus the lack of a lactation adviser in that area. Food appeared in the 5 century. But I had another problem, the child did not want from the beginning of the breast. Not once did I feel how it was to pull my chest and what to do?

    • Mar Jola

      Then it's good to buy nipple covers, just adjust to the breasts, I had the smaller ones fit nicely on the breast and the baby caught well, as the food appeared perfectly, as if you still had trouble, use prolactan, and don't be nervous, and stress is not conducive to you or your child.

  • Kurkaa Kurkaa

    Unfortunately, despite trials lasting 3 months, I had no food. My son started to lose weight, NO methods to stimulate lactation helped me (neither the Femiltaker, nor the tea, nor the breast pump, etc.). Such articles are very useful. But I always miss one thing in them ... just what if there is no food after all. Me only 6 weeks after the birth Oświęcim, my gynecologist, that it was the fault of the medications I took before and during pregnancy to get WGL in it. Even so, I felt guilty. My son is one year old, He is a healthy boy and I still have a grudge against myself that I didn't work out.

    • Edith

      I also just lack information what to do if I tried everything and there is no improvement

  • Monika

    It is sad that nobody wanted to help with breastfeeding in the hospital, after all this is the best food for a baby and you have to fight to be able to use it. Well done for the determination. And tips on drinking beer have long since become a thing of the past, at the pharmacy we have ready-made products with malt like prolactane.

    • 30.11.2017

      A few days ago my friend recommended me a non-alcoholic beer for lactation, so you can get such advice every day 🙂 I drink Femaltiker myself sometimes with rice milk - it is delicious

  • Janina Zduńska

    After feeding, I also pulled the breast pump away but I did not torture so much time as it is written in the article. First of all, you have to drink a lot, which many women forget and the body must produce this food from something. In addition, you can support yourself with prenalen prolactane, it has many valuable ingredients.

    • 30.11.2017

      For me it was not torturing, it helped very quickly so I recommend going on 🙂
      As I shortened the time to 5-3-2 minutes, the effects were worse, so probably everyone must try on themselves.

  • Ela

    Great text, I support - the more information on how to latch on, the more confident the mother will feel after giving birth. However, I miss valuable information, which was crucial for me - feeding hurts at first! Very much, especially when the baby has a strong suckling reflex. However, after a week, I felt almost nothing, now after 4 months it is great. best regards

    • 30.11.2017

      There is a whole separate post about this - if feeding hurts (at the beginning or later) it means that the child is not attached properly and I did not get such information for 3 months while feeding my older son, it was only with the second child that I read it in the book, fortunately I found a wonderful lactation midwife and the pain subsided immediately on the first visit 🙂