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It is said that breastfeeding should come naturally to a new mother. But nobody talks about the physics, chemistry, and biology involved in it, right from holding the baby in the right position so that they can latch easily, to having the right amount of food that can increase or decrease the amount of milk supply. Yes, I wrote it correctly – “decrease the supply of milk” . Everyone just advices the food that increases the milk supply, but one should be aware of the foods that decreases the supply of milk, too. That’s because if you lactate more than the baby’s need, then there’s breast engorgement.
Breast engorgement is when your supply of milk is more than the baby needs, and the breast becomes firm and hard. It is quite a pain, when you are already in a feeble body post delivery. Availability of a breast pump is a rescue for the problem nowadays. Little did I knew about it during my postpartum phase! Nobody tells you about breast leakage with increased milk supply. So, a breast pad should always be kept handy.
For me, I had all new problems while breastfeeding. I have an inverted nipple on my left breast. That means my nipple plays hide and seek, and comes out on its own wish, and hides inside most of the time. It had to be pumped out with the help of a vacuum sucker until my baby was strong enough to suckle it out by herself. The vacuum sucker was painful.
Apart from all these pains and problems, you just feel the connection with the baby once they suckle the milk from the breast. The first time is always a pride-filled moment, seeing the little one latch and suckle the right way. Even after that, it is the moments that only the mother and the baby share (which I hope every father envies!).
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