Milk production

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Many women already know during pregnancy: I would like to breastfeed my child. There are many positive benefits associated with breastfeeding. The emotional mother-child bond is already built up during pregnancy and at birth. Breastfeeding is intended to strengthen this bond even further. However, many expectant mothers are afraid of not being able to produce enough milk. However, this fear is unfounded in many cases. If breastfeeding is done according to the baby's needs, the supply will also regulate itself. In addition, there are many helpful Tips that can naturally support milk production. You can also find these tips in this guide.

It is important to stress, however, that a mother's psychological attitude towards the breastfeeding process also has an important influence on milk production. Some mothers do not feel ready to breastfeed themselves, but are defeated by the social pressure that a mother must breastfeed her child. Today, the benefits of breastfeeding are presented so clearly that it sometimes leads to non-breastfeeding mothers feeling guilty or ashamed.

So listen to your body and do what you think is right. This will also be good for your baby!

Pro breastfeeding:

You hear everywhere how important breastfeeding is after birth. But what are the reasons for breastfeeding a child? As a result, you will find numerous reasons for breastfeeding your baby:

  • All of the child’s senses are stimulated

  • The muscles in the face and jaw are strengthened

  • Breast milk contains valuable substances for the child (including vitamins and minerals)

  • The milk is fully tailored to the needs of the child - no additional food is needed

  • Breastfeeding strengthens the emotional mother-child bond to another level

  • Hormone oxytocin promotes regeneration of the mother’s body after childbirth

How does milk production work?

Milk production depends on many factors. The hormone prolactin, which promotes milk production, is produced during pregnancy. After the birth of the child, oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, is also released. It promotes the mother-child bond and ensures that the breast milk is transported further and expressed from the breast.

And what reasons can negatively affect milk production?

Stress on the part of the mother is a particularly big problem factor when it comes to a lack of milk production. But a generally incorrect breastfeeding position can also have a negative effect on milk production. In addition, sufficient rest is needed during breastfeeding. If this is not the case, too little milk can be produced in the mother's breast.

Additional possible reasons:

  • Complicated birth

  • Child's illness

  • Nutritional deficiency of the mother

The following signs indicate that your milk production is completely sufficient for your child:

  • Weight gain (about 140 grams per week)

  • Regularly full diapers and at the same time an increase in the amount of urine

  • Before breastfeeding: Signs of hunger such as restlessness and crying

  • After breastfeeding: signs of satiety, the child appears calm and content

  • Generally a lively behavior of the child and rosy facial skin


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