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Preparing for breastfeeding: Five Important Questions and Answers

How to prepare the (inverted) nipples for breastfeeding? Whether to express breast colostrum? Can I breastfeed after breast esthetic surgery? ... Read answers to common questions of expectant mothers about breastfeeding.

When preparing to breastfeed your baby, the most important is to be well aware of the anatomy of our own body. Careful observation of the body is especially important during pregnancy, when (in most cases), breast rise drastically, the area around the areola darkens, and sometimes there is a magnification of the nipples. Breasts are, in addition, more sensitive, which is often one of the first symptoms of pregnancy.

If your breasts are not changed during pregnancy, be sure to consult with your doctor.

Portal BellyBelly singled out the frequent dilemmas that pregnant women have about their own breasts and how to prepare for breastfeeding.

Expressing milk before birth? Yes or no?

In Some women colostrum (first milk) is present before the child comes into the world. This is normal and you should not be concerned if you see a spillage of milk during pregnancy. If this is the case, keep in mind that express is not necessary. In certain cases, doctors recommend express of colostrum, but in most it is not particularly important issue. Before you make this decision, consult with a doctor and explore the good and bad sides of expressing.

What if my nipples are flat or inverted?

Flat nipples are the ones that are embossed only when stimulated or on cold, but otherwise are aligned with the areola. However, in some cases they are so flat that they can make it difficult to breastfeed. There are also and inverted nipples, which are at cold and with stimulation, even more retracted. This phenomenon, also can make breastfeeding more difficult. Check if your breasts belong to one of this types. When you determine that you have one of these problems. Nurses in maternity ward will show which techniques for breast-feeding should be used to give the baby more milk. Also, there are artificial nipple or nipple shields, which provide substantial assistance in these cases.

Earlier operations can endanger breastfeeding?!

If you have breasts implants, you should pay attention to the possible occurrence of mastitis because implants can put pressure on the milk ducts. On the other hand, if you have reduced breast with surgery, it is not impossible that there has been damage to the nerves and milk ducts, causing reduced milk production. Important factors in both cases: how much time has passed since the operation, whether the nerves and milk ducts preserved, how much tissue is removed, and etc. Of course, for this reason, your doctor will reliably tell who will be your next step and what you can expect.

What are bras for nursing mothers?

Experts recommend that you wear a comfortable and practical bra that will facilitate breastfeeding. You can buy bra in the last weeks of pregnancy when the breasts are largest. Keep in mind that they will be enlarged and after the delivery, when milk production starts to increase.

What to expect in the first days of breastfeeding?

During the first days after the baby's birth, the body will produce colostrum - the first milk that can be recognized by being somewhat thicker and yellower. Between two to five days, breast will be even greater, and the baby will get the '' right '' milk. Often feeding, will stimulate the milk to flow faster, but keep in mind that it will take about six weeks for milk production to be properly established.