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Frequently Asked Questions
Are my breasts too small?
Breast size has nothing to do with milk production. Do not let anyone tell you differently.
How can my partner find me the least bit attractive?
Sexuality and recapturing closeness as a couple takes time. You and your partner both may feel overwhelmed. Some
women are embarrassed about all the changes to their bodies and feel unattractive and distant toward their partner.
Men, do not take this temporary diminished interest as a rejection. Talk to one another about sex…laugh with one
another, and make time for yourselves away from the baby. Sharing feelings about sexuality is the most effective way
to get back together both physically and emotionally.
Communication is the key!
Why do my breasts leak all the time?
You may be out in public and hear another baby cry, causing your milk to let-down. Applying gentle pressure
to the nipple will usually stop the flow of milk. Disposable or washable breast pads are available to wear on the
inside of your bra to protect your clothes from obvious wet spots! Make sure to change them as needed so the dampness
does not break down your nipple tissue. Leakage becomes less problematic as time goes on.
Dietary Suggestions for the Mother
A nursing mother needs about 500 additional calories per day. Milk production is independent of what you eat the
first 4 weeks because it derives the calories it needs for production from the fat accumulated during the pregnancy.
If you do not eat properly from the beginning, you will find yourself very fatigued. Your baby gets what he needs – you
are the one who suffers.
Another important aspect of nursing is that you may find yourself very thirsty. The best advice is to drink to thirst.
You must listen to what your body needs. The body takes water from your system to make breastmilk. If you drink at
least 6 to 8 glasses of fluids per day, it may also prevent constipation. When you sit down to nurse, have water or juice
so you get your daily requirements. No foods are universally restricted from your diet. Your baby will let you know!
Gastric disturbances may be displayed by the baby if you consume a particular food. If the baby exhibits a diaper
rash, it may also be due to something you ingested. So think back and try to discover the culprit. If dairy is the culprit,
it may take 2 weeks for it to stop bothering the baby once it is eliminated from your diet.
Storage of Breastmilk
Make sure when storing breastmilk that you label and date the container so that you can be sure that your baby is
receiving breastmilk that is not outdated. You may want to store breastmilk in 2 to 4 ounce amounts to cut down on
waste. Please make sure that the containers you choose to use are clean. You may find conflicting information on the
best type of container to use when storing breastmilk, whether to use glass or plastic. Ask your hospital lactation
consultant about the advantages and disadvantages of each and choose accordingly. Never microwave or boil breastmilk.
Microwaving could cause “hot spots” in the milk because it heats unevenly and could potentially burn the baby’s mouth
and throat. Also, it can alter the protein make-up of the breastmilk and may destroy the antibody composition of the
milk. All you need to do is run the milk under warm, tap water. You can also place it in a bowl of warm water to thaw or
warm the milk, bringing it to room temperature. Roll the container gently between your hands to evenly distribute the
thawed breastmilk. It will separate upon storage and the creamy portion of the milk needs to be redistributed.
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