Breastfeeding is the optimal way of feeding a baby and brings many benefits, both for the baby and his mother. Sometimes, however, there is a situation when there is too little food. What are the possible causes and what should we do to ensure that the child receives the necessary food?
I can’t feed! What is the lack of lactation?
At the beginning it is worth emphasizing that the lack of milk is usually only apparent. It is natural for a new mother to ensure that the baby receives as much food as it needs, and sometimes has the impression that there is not enough milk. However, if a child urinates on average 6 times a day and 3-4 times a day, and is also gaining weight correctly, there is no reason to worry. (1,2) Only a small percentage of mothers really can’t produce enough food . Possible medical causes of this problem include:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome,
- underdevelopment of breast secretory tissue,
- placental remains that delay milk production. (2)
Risk factors for milk deficiency are also obesity and associated hormonal disorders. Lactation problems sometimes also appear when there was premature birth, high blood pressure occurred during pregnancy, or a nursing mother struggles with poorly controlled insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. (3) More often, however, this type of problem is poor feeding technique, and stress and the lactation crisis caused by it.
What to do when there is a lack of food?
If you are afraid that your toddler will not eat, and even more so when you notice symptoms that indicate this, then be sure to turn to a lactation consultant who will tell you how to stimulate milk production.
When the cause lies in poor feeding technique or has a psychological basis, then the stimulation of lactation should be helped primarily by changes in the way of feeding, i.e. giving the baby breasts frequently and doing it correctly, in accordance with the instructions received in the lactation clinic. In addition, expressing is helpful. Herbal preparations are also available on the market, however they should be used with caution and after consulting a specialist. The effectiveness of their operation is, however, questionable. (2)
Lack of food – when should you reach for modified milk?
If the disease is involved and stimulation of lactation is very difficult or impossible, then you should reach for modified milk. It is a specially prepared nutritional preparation, which partially or completely replaces female food. For children in the first months of life, usually until the introduction of complementary foods, the so-called first milk (marked with number 1), while larger children may receive the next milk (2), which slightly differs in composition to complement the necessary nutrients that a growing baby needs.
Lack of milk is a symptom that certainly cannot be ignored and consultation with a specialist is always advisable. Properly introducing changes in the feeding technique or (when necessary) reaching for modified milk are methods by which the toddler will get what he needs for healthy development.