Breast milk drags until the nipple is cracked – Although breastfeeding is a natural process after a mother gives birth, in fact there are many challenges that must be faced by breastfeeding mothers, especially in the first week postpartum. That is why, from the time of pregnancy, mothers-to-be must already have knowledge about breastfeeding so that they are not surprised or panicked when experiencing challenges at the beginning of this breastfeeding period.

According to the lactation counselor, dr. Ayudya Soemawinata, BMedSc (Hons), in order for the breastfeeding process to run smoothly, mothers need to equip themselves with knowledge and mental readiness.

“Mothers also need to be supported by the entire support system in the family, from husbands, baby sitters, parents or in-laws,” she said, citing a press release from Good Doctor Indonesia.

She explained that almost all women have mammary glands and can produce milk, unless she has certain medical conditions, which is actually rare.

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And actually, the breasts are ready to produce milk from the 16th week of pregnancy. However, breast milk is produced in stages, so it is natural that in the first days after giving birth only a little milk comes out.

“This is also related to the new baby’s stomach capacity of 10 ml. If during the first 2-3 days after the baby is born, the mother cannot breastfeed, the mother does not need to worry because the baby still has food reserves in his body,” said dr. Ayudya.

After the baby is used to breastfeeding, the milk production will be smoother. Breast milk will continue to be produced according to the baby’s needs.

“The body will follow the rhythm of the baby drinking milk. So, if the baby is used to drinking every two hours, the body will follow that rhythm to produce milk when the breast is completely empty,” he said.

Dr. Ayudya also reminded the importance of knowledge about breastfeeding for new mothers, especially regarding attachment and breastfeeding position.

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According to him, the wrong attachment can cause the mother to feel pain while breastfeeding. When breastfeeding, part of the areola or all of the areola should go into the baby’s mouth when the baby’s mouth is wide open.