Emotional Barriers To Feeding

Breastfeeding is much about emotions rather than just about the physical transfer of breast milk from mother to the baby. It helps in building a strong emotional bond between mother and her baby.Promoting a sound development of the baby and recovery for the new mother, its overall benefits are well established. However, there can be numerous factorsthat act as a barrier in successful breastfeeding practices, emotional turmoil being the main contributor.

Sometimes, dealing with the added responsibilities, new moms experience stress that is severe and intense, which can temporarily inhibit letdown. This is because physical and mental stress can slow the release of oxytocin into the bloodstream of a breastfeeding mother. Oxytocin, a hormone released into your bloodstream when you nurse, can have a calming effect. This means that a mom who’s stressed and breastfeeds her baby is likely to become more relaxed post feeding.

When she relaxes, her milk start to flow again. And since it’s the baby’s sucking that stimulates milk production, a mother who keeps nursing is likely to keep producing milk.

Skin to skin contact with the baby in between the feedings also promotes the emotional bonding between you and your child, and aid in release of hormones associated with breastfeeding.

There are various other factors that influence breastfeeding. A lot of myths and misinformation about breastfeeding keep mothers from trying to feed their babies. Some of the myths are cultural, and some come from the family as a genetic transfer, specially, the notion of not making enough for the baby.

It is important for a mother and her family to understand that it’s normal to take a few days for a mother’s milk to come in. During the initial days, the baby nurses to stimulate milk production, but also gets small amounts of colostrum, an easy-to-digest thicker substance that is high in concentrated nutrition and aids in the excretion of excess bilirubin and helps prevent jaundice. Optimal family support during the initial days plays an important role in establishing the nursing practice as it has a huge impact on the confidence and psyche of the new mother.

Many women face difficulties getting baby to latch on to breast feed during the first few weeks. This occurs as baby’s neck muscles aren’t strong enough to support his or her head and the mouth is small, which can lead to discomfort and sore nipples from false starts.

Instead of relying on the online content,seeking professionalhelp from a certified lactation consultant before delivery and during the initial phase of breastfeeding will help a mother to be to be equipped with all the right information needed to tackle these tricky situations efficiently.

A women’s confidence in herself is the keyto successful breastfeeding and it often comes from knowledge along with emotional support by healthcare providers, family and friends.

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