Mom put her hungry baby at the breast, the baby starts sucking and after a couple of sips begins inconsolably crying, screaming and rotate the head of the breast. Its mouth is full of milk, milk leaking from the breast in small jets, a mother unsuccessfully attempts to squeeze the breast in its mouth. Maybe you also experienced a similar scenario? For mom’s especially frustrating is when the baby begins to refuse the breast. You see that you have milk, the baby is healthy, but the breastfeeding begins to resemble more to fight.
One of the reasons why some babies refuse the breast may be too strong inflow of the milk. Then the milk coming from the breast rapidly and in a large amount and the baby can not swallow so quickly. This can cause spasms in the tummy which is suddenly filled with air and a large amount of milk. In addition, since the first, watery milk contains a large amount of lactose that operates laxative, a baby can have frequent and explosive chairs.
Some moms have this problem with each baby. Some perceive that one baby does not “cause” too much release of milk, while the other is breastfeeding so intense that both mother and baby have to learn to cope with too strong surge of milk. It is comforting to know that with 4-5 months of age problem usually stops. Here are some tips on how you can help yourself and your baby:
- There are situations in breastfeeding with which you can reduce the excessive rush of milk in the baby’s mouth. You can try to breastfeed your baby so that you lie on your back, and your baby is up to you, on tummy, so that you are holding the the head and back. In this way, the baby’s head is above the breast. You can also try position of a soccer ball, a baby retry as many to upright so that her head is above the breast.
- When during breastfeeding you feel that the milk is coming, you need to remove the child from the breast – you can do so that gently put a finger into the corner of baby’s mouth. If you have prepared a diaper or a similar cloth, you can let the milk sprayed leak into it. This short break is better than putting a baby to cry while breastfeeding.
- It is good to try to increase the amount of fatter milk a baby takes in relation to the first, watery milk. During the meal, you should not change the side, but should let the baby suckle on the same breast, and the other side offer only if the baby wants more to breast-feed after being separated itself from the breast. If your baby is breastfeed during the next 2-4 hours, it is better to firstly offer the same breast where was previously breastfed.
- Looking at the baby’s behavior, you’ll notice that it gives you signs that he wants to breastfeed and before it start to cry. The baby should be allowed to breastfeed often, not by trying to introduce a time limit meals, because the release milk will be less intense as the baby is more likely to breastfeed. When you recognize your baby’s signs and stay ahead of crying of hunger, it will suck less intense and so will not swallow air.