Adult breastfeeding chat
What I find particularly dangerous about her message that longer intervals are ‘better’ and ‘correct’, is that is means new mothers doubt their milk supply with absolutely no justification.
And I know from having spent time on the message boards associated with this writer, many mothers will end up supplementing with formula to try and reach these magic numbers of minutes. Babies are no longer being exclusively breastfed and parents are not following Department of Health recommendations because of incorrect information in a baby care book.
They seem to come from a fundamental misunderstanding of the science of breastfeeding and breastmilk production.
Often they come from mid-20th century ideas based around the norms of formula-feeding and pseudo-science. There are still people out there, surrounded by breastfeeding, who believe that a baby who feeds after 4 hours rather than 3 hours will ‘take more milk’. For periods in the day, a younger baby will often cluster feed and not be happy away from the breast for any longer than a few minutes at a time.
There are people who believe that you need to wait and hold a baby off to let your breasts ‘refill’. A newborn should feed a minimum of 8-12 times in 24 hours. This natural cluster feeding may dominate an evening.
There are people who believe that when a baby does want to return to the breast after only an hour that must reflect a ‘problem’ and perhaps the mother even has a supply issue. That means some might be going every 3 hours and others will be feeding more frequently than 2 hourly. A very common call to the National Breastfeeding Helpline goes like this: “My baby used to sleep in the evenings and now he’s awake for 3-4 hours.
In some cases, the baby doesn't want the milk — just the boob.
"He uses my breast to comfort him and pacify him at night," says Christine F.
And it takes a toll on me." Breastfeeding could leave some unintentional battle scars if you aren't careful.When I explained that it wasn’t necessarily, she said she was more than happy to go on as she was. They don’t come from anyone with any breastfeeding education, nor antenatal classes with breastfeeding professionals, nor books written by those trained to support breastfeeding.They come from popular baby care books and relatives and peers.This same writer believes a woman can measure her milk supply by doing a yield test and using a pump to extract milk which apparently will be the equivalent amount to what her baby extracts during a feed using an entirely different process.What this woman doesn’t know about breastfeeding could fill an encyclopaedia.These events will give you the opportunity to gather more information about the facilities and resources available to you at the Knowledge Spa or the Exeter School of Nursing.