Thursday, November 12, 2015

Breastfeeding Is A Supply & Demand Business

A few days after your baby is born it may feel like you are going to explode as your milk comes in. Your body is responding to the needs of your baby and you want to give them the best you can. But if your baby has a lip or tongue tie it can impact the supply of milk you are producing.

Dr. Judy Strutz suggests, "when your child latches on to the breast in order to eat, the proper attachment is critical to the success of them getting enough milk." When a baby has a maxillary frenum they may latch onto just the nipple. Sucking and then letting go, then re-latching on. This can become extremely painful for the mother and can leave your child feeling frustrated and hungry.

Sometimes the infant may latch onto the side of the breast to compensate for the fact that their tongue does not move enough in the mouth. When this happens, your child may get some of the let down before the milk really comes in. But then because they do not have the ability to stay on the breast, they may unlatch. The process of latching and then trying to latch again can cause breast pain.. Not only that, but while this cycle continues, your supply of milk could be decreasing. Because your child is not fully getting the milk,  your body may think your baby is not wanting to eat and therefore there is no reason to produce more milk.

While this can be frustrating and lead to mastitis there is help you can get.
For other information on Tongue or lip-ties and for support contact Dr. Strutz & her team today.

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