My Baby Wants To Continue Breastfeeding

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Illustration: My Baby Wants To Continue Breastfeeding

Night doctor … my baby is 3 weeks old, but why does he want to suckle if he doesn’t want to stop and if there is milk, there must be leftover milk in the mouth that comes out (not spit up) … is that normal doc ???

1 Answer:

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First of all, there are a number of things that you need to evaluate first:

 How long exactly do you want to stop breastfeeding that you mean it? Does your baby really suckle (do you feel your baby is sucking milk and swallowing breast milk, your breasts feel more empty) or just pacifying? Is the baby's attachment to the breast correct (areola enter the baby's mouth, not just the nipple)? Is your child's weight gain good? Does your child suckle while sleeping? Basically, newborn babies are advised to breastfeed every 2-3 hours and in one suckle, babies are advised to suckle for at least 15-20 minutes from one breast and continued 15-20 minutes from the other breast. When reaching a certain age (approximately at the age of 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months) the baby can experience what is called a growth spurt or a period of rapid growth. When experiencing this growth spurt the baby may indeed need more milk than usual, so suckling more often or longer than usual. Therefore you do not need to worry too much if your baby sometimes wants to suckle more and more often than usual, maybe your baby is just experiencing growth spurt. You just need to make sure of the things mentioned above:

 Make sure the baby's mouth attaches to the breast well so that the baby can drink breast milk effectively Make sure your baby does drink breast milk and not just pacify it. Make sure the baby does not fall asleep while drinking milk, wake up your baby if your baby falls asleep while breastfeeding, make sure your baby sucks the breast effectively in time as mentioned above. Make sure your baby's weight gain is good and your baby urinates and defecates in sufficient quantities (indicating that drinking is enough) Regarding the remaining milk in the baby's mouth, this is common when the baby falls asleep while drinking breast milk (so there is milk that is not swallowed after completion suckling). This can be overcome by making sure your baby doesn't fall asleep while nursing. You only need to clean the rest of the milk that comes out of your baby's mouth (you really have to clean the remnants of milk attached to the baby's face also every time you suckle to prevent the appearance of milk rashes).

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