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60 – Great Expectations

Frequently Asked Questions

Are my breasts too small?

Breast size has nothing to do with milk production. Do not let anyone tell you differently.

How can my partner fnd me the least bit attractive?

Sexuality and recapturing closeness as a couple takes time. You and your partner both may feel overwhelmed. Some women are embarrassed about all the changes to their bodies and feel unattractive and distant toward their partner. Men, do not take this temporary diminished interest as a rejection. Talk to one another about sex…laugh with one another, and make time for yourselves away from the baby. Sharing feelings about sexuality is the most effective way to get back together both physically and emotionally. Communication is the key!

Why do my breasts leak all the time?

You may be out in public and hear another baby cry, causing your milk to let-down. Applying gentle pressure to the nipple will usually stop the fow of milk.

Disposable or washable breast pads are available to wear on the inside of your bra to protect your clothes from obvious wet spots! Make sure to change them as needed so the dampness does not break down your nipple tissue. Leakage becomes less problematic as time goes on.

Dietary Suggestions for the Mother

A nursing mother needs about 500 additional calories per day. Milk production is independent of what you eat the frst 4 weeks because it derives the calories it needs for production from the fat accumulated during the pregnancy.

If you do not eat properly from the beginning, you will fnd yourself very fatigued. Your baby gets what he needs – you are the one who suffers.

Another important aspect of nursing is that you may fnd yourself very thirsty. The best advice is to drink to thirst. You must listen to what your body needs. The body takes water from your system to make breastmilk. If you drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of fuids per day, it may also prevent constipation.

When you sit down to nurse, have water or juice so you get your daily requirements. No foods are universally restricted from your diet. Your baby will let you know! Gastric disturbances may be displayed by the baby if you consume a particular food. If the baby exhibits a diaper rash, it may also be due to something you ingested. So think back and try to discover the culprit. If dairy is the culprit, it may take 2 weeks for it to stop bothering the baby once it is eliminated from your diet.

Storage of Breastmilk

Make sure when storing breastmilk that you label and date the container so that you can be sure that your baby is receiving breastmilk that is not outdated. You may want to store breastmilk in 2 to 4 ounce amounts to cut down on waste. Please make sure that the containers you choose to use are clean. You may fnd conficting information on the best type of container to use when storing breastmilk, whether to use glass or plastic. Ask your hospital lactation consultant about the advantages and disadvantages of each and choose accordingly.

Common

Breastfeeding Questions

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