what is bulk feeding
As you know, breasts produce milk according to the baby’s demand, in a situation where the baby is repeatedly fed with both breasts, milk continues to be produced even after the breast is half full, so the Breast milk supply becomes more than necessary. That is why the mother has to deal with problems such as breast pain, breast congestion, mastitis (swelling of the breast) and blockage of the milk ducts (milk bullet). To overcome these problems, doctors propose a block feeding technique, in which the baby is fed from a breast each time in a feeding session of about 3 hours, only after this feeding of the baby. ‘other chest. With the help of this technique, the excess breast milk is controlled.
In what situations does feeding blockage, when should it be avoided – Before using blocked feeding techniques to control breast milk supply, it is important to understand that it is not for everyone. In the first days of childbirth, it allows the body to adjust to the supply of breast milk. Between 4 and 6 weeks after delivery, the amount of breast milk begins to increase, which is essential for the baby’s development. Avoid blocked power during this time. Mothers with a lower breast milk supply than the baby’s needs should avoid blocked feeding.
Consider blocking power in the following circumstances:
1. If the baby has symptoms such as coughing, nausea (luck of milk in the mouth) and swallowing (rapid passing of milk) at the time of breastfeeding.
2. If breast milk is filtered continuously.
3. Despite proper breastfeeding sessions, there is a feeling of excess milk in the breast.
How does the block feeding technique work?
Block feeding has two main functions, the first is to reduce breast congestion (increase breast size). Once the lower level of breast congestion is reached, it signals the brain to slow down the milk supply. Second, this technique saves the baby from the problem of nausea or milk coming out of the mouth, as well as clogging the balance of the previous milk and hiding the milk. During a feeding session, when the baby is fed again with the same breast, even if the breast is half full, it can cause the baby to feel hungry.
What to do if there is an excess of milk in BEST
During the feeding session, when the feeding is done from one breast, then the pain starts due to the excess milk in the other breast. In this case, do the following:
To relieve chest pain and discomfort, apply ice packs to your chest. Cold cabbage leaves are also very helpful in this situation.
2. Release breast milk. Use an absorbent pad or cotton cloth to prevent it from sticking.
3. Tension comes from excess milk in the breast that is not used during feeding. However, it becomes soft after the next feeding session. If this is not the case, a breast pump can be used to remove the access milk.
Advantages of block accessories
1. Bulk feeding eliminates the pain and discomfort caused by over-supplying breast milk to women.
2. It is also very beneficial for the baby because it allows him to drink more milk, rich in fat and protein, as well as digestible, so there is no gas problem in the baby’s stomach.
3. Due to the small size of the breast, the baby can drink milk easily as well as control the flow of milk with the tongue.
It can be side effects
Although bulk feeding has many benefits for both mother and baby, we cannot ignore the fact that mastitis (swelling of the breast) and obstruction of the milk ducts when milk remains unused for a long time Increases the chances of knots.
How to avoid these side effects
Keep these things in mind to reduce bacterial infection and other complications during bulk feeding.
1. Gradually increase the block feeding process.
2. Continue to change the baby’s feeding position.
3. Keep the chest and surrounding area clean to prevent any type of bacterial or other infection.
(Note that bulk feeding is a temporary arrangement, once the milk supply to the breast is adjusted, start feeding both breasts).