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If you have breastfed or know people who have done it in your presence, surely you have ever heard phrases such as' Give him 15 minutes of each breast ',' Put him on the breast every 3 hours' or 'He hasn't touched him yet, 30 minutes ago that ate'. All these phrases have gone around the world, being the reason for so much controversy and discussion due to ignorance and lack of management in relation to the issue of breastfeeding a baby, because the clock is the worst enemy of breastfeeding.
Breast milk is a unique and irreplaceable food. Its composition has a huge amount of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, hormones and many substances that allow the proper development and growth of your child, so much so that even in a state of malnutrition, your milk remains nutritious.
Its production depends solely and exclusively on the demand that the little one makes of it, that is, your production will be regulated by the suction of your child, therefore, the greater the suction and demand, the greater the production!
Starting from this point, it is important that you know that schedules are NOT needed in breastfeeding, we know that breastfeeding watches do not go hand in hand. In fact, your milk production can be affected if you establish a schedule and are aware that after four hours you must put the baby to the breast or that the little one cannot be more than 15 minutes on each breast. You must be clear that you are not a 'milk store', but rather that you are a woman who 'manufactures milk' according to your child's demand.
It is well known in the different literatures and studies in relation to breastfeeding that you should not follow a schedule, both breast feeding and infant formula should be on demand, according to the needs of your baby.
It must be offered whenever the child wants and how long he wants to be attached to the breast; If the child has suckled and in 20 minutes he wants to stick to the breast again, then leave it, because it is totally normal; It is not that you have been left hungry, what happens is that breast milk has proteins that are extremely small, they are fragmented, ready to be used properly, which means that the body does not have to make a greater effort to be able to digest and use them .
Being small, they quickly empty their digestive tract and ask more often, more often, but what you feed them, there is no doubt! It is true that the smaller the child, the more frequently he will ask for the breast, but as he grows and the months go by, the feedings will become more spaced.
Each baby sets his own rhythm according to demand, the important thing is an adequate emptying of the breast so that you can obtain the fatty acids at the end of the feeding, which is what will give you the most energy and is necessary so that you can adequately increase your weight and size.
There are signs that can guide you to know if your child is hungry, such as: he takes his hand to his mouth and sucks it, he constantly moves looking for your breast, suction-type lip movements. Crying, for example, is a late sign of hunger and when it is triggered normally the baby has already manifested other signs of hunger, therefore it is important that you learn to differentiate the crying of your baby and not think that every time he cries it It does because they are hungry but it can also be due to other causes (heat, cold, dirty diaper, pain, etc.).
Breastfeeding is a separate chapter, it is necessary that not only health personnel receive more training but also mothers prepare in advance. Only in this way will so many myths be demolished and both the mother and the child will be allowed to develop their own rhythm and let themselves be carried away by their instincts ...
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