Do you love shopping for baby milk bottles in Malaysia? Shopping for your little ones is all fun and exciting, most especially for first-time parents. It can get a bit overwhelming, too, though. It’s an ongoing learning process—there are tons of things to research about, most especially about breastfeeding. Below are some things you should know about when it comes to breast milk supply.
The first day
Your kid must be prepared to start feeding from birth. The baby sucking, and latching on rhythmically switch on your breast milk producing-cells, and initiate the very first supply of breast milk, colostrum.
The first few days
During this part of the breast milk production process, your body is waiting for pregnancy hormone progesterone levels to drop. Your body is also waiting for breast milk-producing hormones, including hydrocortisone, insulin and prolactin, to kick into gear. These hormones would help you start producing milk.
Around the third day after the birth of your baby, your milk would start coming in, and your breasts would start to feel fuller and firmer.
The first month
In the first month, your body would be responsive to milk removal, since it’s learning to produce the right amount of breast milk for your kid. Prolactin levels surge every time you remove milk from your breasts. This process can also mature your breast milk composition.
The first few weeks after the arrival of your baby are crucial in establishing great breast milk supply in the long run. The more frequently your kid breastfeeds, the more breast milk you will produce, through the supply and demand process.
Protecting breast milk production in the first month
Follow your kid’s lead, and let her breastfeed anytime she wants, and for as long as she wants. By doing so, you can increase breast milk production. Some moms would try to increase the gap between nursing sessions to give their breasts some time to produce milk. This is not a good idea, since it can slow down milk production.
Giving your baby additional bottles of formula milk is also not a good idea, since it can mean that your breasts are not getting the message to increase milk production, since breast milk is not being removed.
Milk production beyond six weeks
After the first four weeks, prolactin levels surge after feeding begins to decline. Your breast milk is mature, and your body becomes efficient at making as much milk your kid needs. At this time, your breasts are already working on autopilot.