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This is a HUGE tip that Breastfeeding Experts will not share with you, but you will find it here at Faith Filled Parenting.
Here is my BEST breastfeeding tip:
Once your milk has come in (usually around day 4 after your baby’s birth), it is time to switch to single feeding.
Why single-side feedings?
Let me start with the make-up of breastmilk. Breastmilk comes in three parts. The quencher, the foremilk, and the hindmilk. Understanding each component helps explain why single side feeding is so effective.
The quencher is the first part of breastmilk that just does that: it quenches your baby’s thirst.
This milk is during the first 5-10 minutes of the letdown. It contains the most oxytocin, which makes the baby super sleepy. This is why it is common for newborns and infants to fall asleep 5-10 minutes into a feed. It is important to wake them up by changing their diaper or tickling their toes to get them to take a full feeding.
The second part of breastmilk is the foremilk. This is the milk that comes in during the next 5-10 minutes after the quencher. This milk is high in lactose.
The third and most important component of breastmilk is the hindmilk. This is what helps your baby put on weight. The hindmilk the filling component of breastmilk that keeps your baby full and happy for longer.
What is single-side feeding?
Your goal is to feed your baby on one side long enough for them to get their fill of the hindmilk. This means that you want to feed for 30-45 minutes on one side before offering the other side. This ensures that your baby is not filling up on just the quencher and the lactose rich foremilk, which can upset their tummy.
If you nurse on the right side for 10 minutes and then switch to the left side for 10 minutes, your baby will only be receiving the quencher and foremilk. He or she will not be receiving the fatty hindmilk. This will result in the baby being hungrier more often, and it can upset their tummy with all of the lactose.
Yet, if you nurse on one side first for 30-45 minutes your baby will fill up on all three components of the breastmilk before you offer the other breast.
I always offered the other side. If the baby was going through a growth spurt or was still hungry, there was always the second side to satisfy this. It also made sure that one side did not become engorged.
This single-side feeding method worked wonders for me. It relieved upset tummies and increased time between feedings. The babies also slept better which is always a good thing!
If you would like guidance on schedules and feedings, here is a free printable pack of schedules and routines for you to use. My gift to you because I know how tiring being a mom of a baby can be!