Naturally, new moms may worry about how to successfully establish and sustain a full term breastfeeding commitment. Remembering to start breastfeeding right away and seek help as soon as complications arise will increase your success outcomes drastically.
Some good indicators for seeking help with your breastfeeding are outlined by healthychildren.org in the article, Warning Signs of Breastfeeding Problem:
-Your baby’s nursing sessions are either very short or extremely long: If your breastfeeding sessions are consistently shorter than ten minutes or longer than fifty minutes this may suggest your milk production isn’t adequate, and your baby isn’t getting enough nourishment. An electric breast pump is often utilized to quantify milk expressed and consumed by your baby.
-Your baby seems hungry after most feedings: If you are suspecting hunger post feedings then you should consult your pediatrician and have your baby weighed as your baby may not be ingesting enough breast milk. Again, some mothers like the support of an electric breast pump in order to measure baby’s breastmilk intake.
-Your baby frequently misses nursing sessions or sleeps through the night: Frequent feedings are a necessary part of breastfeeding. It is advised that a feeding occur every few hours to ensure sufficient weight gain. You should awaken your baby to nurse when sleep occurs for more than four hours to encourage feedings. Having the support of an electric breast pump allows spouses and other care givers to assist with feedings while still providing baby with the best nourishment possible, breastmilk.
-By two weeks of age, your baby is under her birth weight or hasn’t started gaining at least five to seven ounces per week since your milk came in.
-After seven days, your baby has fewer than six wet diapers and four stools per day, her urine is dark yellow or specked with red, or her stools are still dark rather than yellow and loose: Keeping a log of feedings and diaper changes is a great way to ensure healthy breastfeeding sessions.
-After five days, your milk hasn’t come in or your breasts don’t feel as though they’re filling with milk: You may require a breast examination in addition to having your baby weighed.
-You experience severe breast engorgement: Over time this can decrease milk supply and impede your baby’s ability to properly latch. Manual expression or the utilization of a breast pump may be necessary to reduce engorgement for proper latch to occur.
-The fullness and hardness of your breasts don’t decrease by the end of a feeding. An electric breast pump will be supremely helpful in preventing engorgement and sustaining a healthy milk supply.
-Severe pain interferes with breastfeeding: An electric breast pump can be utilized if poor latch is the culprit of breast pain, or used until nipples are healed and nursing can resume.
-After a week or two, you don’t notice the sensations associated with your milk let-down reflex: This indicates low milk production. An electric breast pump can assist in measuring the amount of milk expressed for a more accurate assessment.
Having the support of a double electric breast pump can be a great help in reducing issues with breastfeeding. Did you know that you may qualify for a breast pump at little-to-no cost through your insurance?