No child comes with an instruction manual under his arm because each one is different and distinct. Of course, there are some patterns that occur with a high percentage of probabilities in all babies. We tell you the breastfeeding crisis that babies suffer and despair of parents and other moments, such as crises of sleep and anguish, that alter your life with your little one. Of course, we have good news for you: they are all temporary!
Breast milk is produced from our blood plasma, and we know very well that the more suction there is, the more production there will be. But there are situations during our breastfeeding journey that it seems that our baby is not satisfied, 'does not fill' or 'stays hungry' and, even, it seems that it is uncomfortable while breastfeeding.
This causes a lot of distress for the parents, especially the mother. If you do not know these situations that I am going to explain below, where the demand is modified and the baby's behavior changes, it could be possible to supplement with formula or, worse still, to completely stop breastfeeding.
These special situations are called outbreaks or growth crisis, where as mentioned before, it seems that the baby is not satisfied with this milk production. Most children get it at the same age, but in some cases they can be early or late. There are, therefore, three outbreaks or growth crises that are dependent on breast milk.
During the first days of life, babies are very regular. They suckle very often and sleep very often, but between days 15 and 20 of life, their behavior changes and mothers begin to notice that the baby asks for breast more often, which can even be seen as a 'do not loosen the breast' or eat every 20 to 30 minutes. They cry with the teat in their mouth, they look desperate when it comes to sucking or they cry if it is removed from the breast. This also leads to them spitting up more often.
But what is really the matter? What makes the baby behave like this? ANDThis first outbreak or first lactation crisis is usually very short and lasts between 2 or 3 days (sometimes 5 no more from there), once the child achieves his goal, which is to increase milk production, he will return to his sucking rhythm and much calmer. These are usually strong days and you need a lot of support from family and your partner.
Around a month and a half the second growth spurt occurs. The little one is very irritable again, cries with the tit in his mouth, or without it, he seems to reject it, gets very nervous, tenses his legs, and arches his back (all with the tit in his mouth).
What happens now? At this time it is also necessary to increase the production of breast milk, but as if that were not enough, the milk in turn changes its flavor to a little more salty and this does not like the baby. This lactation crisis usually lasts between 5 to 7 days, and as the crisis passed once the goal was achieved, the blowjobs return to their quiet course. As always, mom will need help and support from her family.
This crisis is usually a little different from the other two and it can be said that it is the strongest (it can last a month), delicate and complex, because it not only affects the baby, but there are also changes in the mother.
It is said that it is different, because the little one no longer suckles with such regularity, which is sometimes interpreted as not being hungry or not wanting the breast. In turn, the mother notices her breasts very soft, and she can translate it as 'lack or low milk production', but it really is a regulation of it.
All this leads to the shots being somewhat chaotic. The child is usually very distracted, because at this stage vision and hearing are perfected. They may also cry shortly after starting to breastfeed (as if rejecting it) and they only suck quietly while they sleep.
All this translates into little weight gain, which if they do not notice is normal due to the chaotic nature of the matter, they also decrease the evacuations and amount of urine because they suck less, and this leads to great concerns in the mother. eating enough? All this occurs because there are great changes in the child, hearing and vision are perfected, they prefer to explore rather than eat, And as we mentioned before, mom feels soft breasts.
The woman must trust her and know that she does have milk and that it is enough. It turns out that our body modifies the way we produce milk to improve it and be prepared so that when the child hits, it immediately produces the necessary milk. But it turns out that it takes between 1 to 2 minutes for the body to drop the milk or to eject the milk, and this bothers the baby, who was used to the milk coming out as soon as it stuck to the breast. He doesn't like it that it takes a little while to get out!
I always explain it with an example. Imagine a faucet that you open and the water comes out immediately and provides you with the vital liquid, but three months later you connect a hose to that same faucet and when you open it, you must wait for the water to run through the entire hose for the water to come out. And that takes like a minute or so. This similar happens in the mother's tit!
Pitifully If all of this that happens after three months is not known, breastfeeding is usually abandoned or supplemented with artificial formula, because the mother, who is vulnerable, does not trust her. As explained to us by the Spanish Association of Pediatrics: 'Solving it with the administration of a bottle as a supplement can lead to the abandonment of breastfeeding'.
Besides these three growth crises that are breastfeedingThere are others, but they do not have to do with breastfeeding. Have you heard of sleep regression between 4 and 7 months?
- Have you heard of sleep regression between 4 and 7 months? Between these months, the baby's sleep evolves, that is, new sleep phases appear that were not there before. When a child is born, they only have two phases of sleep: wakefulness (awake) and deep sleep (REM). When he is between 4 and 7 months, the other phases appear, to look a little more like the dream he will have as an adult.
These phases are wakefulness (awake), NON-REM sleep (phases 1 to 4). Phase 1: the muscles relax, and the eyelids droop, but the sleep is superficial. Phase 2: light sleep, we can be asleep but any noise wakes them up. Phase 3 and 4: Deeper sleep, no ability to respond to external stimuli and mind asleep. REM sleep (deep and prolonged)
As the child does not know how to handle these new phases, it tends to wake up very often, it looks like a newborn again and asks for a lot of breast and the mother thinks that it is not full. Once you learn to handle these phases, sleep will resume its rhythm. And, in this process, it is very important that sleep routines are maintained.
- Around 7-8 months the so-called anxiety crisis occurs, or separation anxiety. At this time the child understands that his world outside the womb is over, and therefore he feels unprotected, wanting to always be in mother's arms.
When he does not see her he cries, he does not let anyone go, he stops eating and the only way to have mother close is to have the tit in his mouth, which increases the demand for sucking and attachment. She wakes up at night crying and asking for more breast, it seems that what has been improved in the past months has been 'damaged' again. This outbreak or crisis does not have a fixed time for improvement, each baby is different and lives it differently.
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