“Most breastfeeding problems can be solved or prevented if mother and baby have a good start,” Walker says. Sometimes this means that you need to seek help from a breastfeeding specialist or pay for a lactation consultant, as Mariann Lupinski did. “I couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong; only after the doctor who was consulting me got acquainted with the history of childbirth and watched my attempts to feed Brian, did she tell me that I was doing everything right. The problem is that Brian had a bad start when he had to be bottle-fed at the hospital, ”says Mariann.
"It is important, says Walker, to attach the baby to the breast as soon as possible after his birth, best in the birth ward or in the postpartum." A child who is given a bottle takes it in his mouth and sucks completely differently than if he was given a breast. “I think that there is some connection with memorizing the work of the mouth apparatus,” said Walker. It is very important which items will be first in the mouth of the newborn. After all, for him they are the main channels of communication. Artificial nipples have nothing to do with the mother's nipple. Soothers and nipples make the child squeeze his mouth, pull back the tongue and make biting movements. Mothers suffer from bitten nipples, and children do not get milk. All your efforts are in vain, and you grab the bottle. "
Having resorted to various techniques that are known to specialists in breastfeeding, the doctor, who advises Mariann, helped her teach Brian how to suck. “All of this could not have happened if Mariann had known more about the features of breastfeeding during her stay at the hospital where she had given birth,” said Walker.
Breastfeeding runs smoothly if it is customary in a hospital or maternity hospital that the children are in the same room as the mothers, and not in special children's wards. “What you need is as much practice as possible and as much contact as possible,” says Walker.
A study conducted several years ago showed that the practice existing in hospitals had a significant impact even on those women who had decided in advance to breastfeed themselves. If children who are placed separately are fed infant formula, or if inexperienced mothers are given a gift of baby food as a gift, mothers will most likely begin to feed the babies with the mixture they gave in the hospital, even if it is expensive.
Some mothers reject the idea of staying in the same ward with the children because after the birth they want to sleep, but in practice it turns out that if the children are in a separate ward, the moms still can not sleep much longer. “Talk to any night sister, and she will tell you how long it takes the women to sleep, Walker advises. Observations showed that they sleep at night for 5 hours, regardless of whether the children are in the same room or not. It follows that there is no reason to isolate children. You will sleep better, and the baby will sleep better if you follow the natural course of things without violating human nature. ”