Pregnancy / Childbirth

Breastfeeding - is it for me?


Before a child is born, many women doubt whether she will be able and whether she will be able to breastfeed her. Most of them succeed. There are exceptions, but the truth is that they are not as numerous as they persist in many circles. In practice, it turns out that all problems are usually temporary, and it depends on the determination and support of a woman during breastfeeding whether she succeeds or not. The success of lactation depends on the two aforementioned factors: the confidence of the newly baked mother and the understanding and care of loved ones.

Breast problem

When you are pregnant, you may look at your breast differently. Standing in front of the mirror, many women, looking at the bust, wonder if everything is ok with it, whether it is suitable to feed a small man for several months.

There is only one piece of advice: Don't panic! Do not let yourself be persuaded by irrational whispers that something is wrong with you! Your doubts may be the result of strange social imaginations. Mostly untrue.

The practice of midwives and doctors shows that virtually every woman with the support of her loved ones is able to breastfeed her child. Of course, in some situations this can be quite difficult, but without giving up too quickly, you can achieve your first parental success.

Size doesn't matter

Don't believe the myth that the larger the breasts, the more milk they can produce. This is one of the most frequently repeated absurd claims. Why? Because large breasts are made especially of fat, not extra mammary glands.

Interestingly, sometimes smaller breasts provide more comfortable feeding of the baby than ample breasts. Very large breasts may make it difficult for the baby to attach (difficulty in positioning so that the child can breathe freely through the nose). They can also be a problem when feeding premature babies or weighing little babies.

On the other hand, people with large breasts may be afraid that their breasts will increase too much during lactation. Practice shows, however, that this does not happen that a large bust grows slightly, and a small takes on much larger sizes, increasing by up to two numbers. An additional plus for owners of large breasts is that such breasts are less likely to leak milk.

Nipple types

Not only each of us has different breasts. There are big differences between the nipples. There are five basic types:

  • round, oblong warts - reminiscent of a champagne cork,
  • tucked (concave) warts,
  • warts pointing downwards,
  • upward warts,
  • warts directed sideways.

It is also normal to have one concave nipple and the other one to be "normal".

Generally, the biggest problem during feeding can be caused by concave nipples. However, there is nothing to exaggerate and unduly overwhelm women with this type of nipple for feeding. The advantage of concave warts is that they can be "lured" outwards with the right techniques.

For this purpose, you can use mold inserts (shaped like a cup with holes), which are worn inside the bra for several hours a day during the last trimester of pregnancy (then their wear time increases up to 10 hours per day). The inserts can also be inserted during delivery. Another method is Hoffman's technique, recommended by midwives and doctors, and involves stretching the areola of the nipple and connective tissue just below it.

Piercing and breastfeeding

It is not even a contraindication to pierce the nipples. Many women who decided to have a piercing managed to feed their child naturally.

A serious problem arises when milk ducts are damaged and milk flow is stopped. The situation is also aggravated when nipple piercing leads to infection. Breastfeeding almost excludes earlier nipple piercing in several places.

In addition to piercing and the exclusion of natural feeding due to the use of certain medications or few diseases (e.g. acute circulatory failure), every other obstacle is theoretically overcome. And that's worth sticking to.

Based on Suzanne Fredregill 'Breastfeeding'.