“Most of the problems associated with breastfeeding can be solved or can be prevented if mom 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 could not understand what I was doing wrong; only after the doctor who consulted me got acquainted with the history of childbirth and watched my attempts to feed Brian, she told me that I was doing everything right. The problem is that Brian had a bad start when he had to be bottle fed in the hospital, ”says Marianne.
“It is important, says Walker, to put the baby to her chest as soon as possible after he was born, best in the birth ward or in the postpartum.” A child who is given a bottle takes it in its mouth and sucks in a completely different way than if it had been given a breast. “I think there’s some kind of connection with remembering how the mouthparts work,” Walker said. It is very important which items will be the first in the mouth of the newborn. After all, for him they are the main communication channels. Artificial nipples have nothing to do with the mother's nipple. Dummies and nipples make the baby squeeze his mouth, pull his tongue back and make biting movements. Moms suffer from bitten nipples, and children do not get milk. All your efforts are in vain, and you clutch at the bottle. "
Having resorted to various techniques that are known to specialists in breastfeeding, the doctor advising Marianne helped her teach Brian how to breastfeed. “All of this could not have happened if Marianne knew more about the features of breastfeeding during her stay in the hospital where she gave birth,” Walker said.
Breastfeeding goes smoothly if it is customary in a hospital or maternity hospital for the children to be in the same room with their mothers, and not in special children's rooms. “What you need is as much practice as possible and as much contact as possible,” Walker says.
A study conducted several years ago showed that the practice in hospitals had a significant impact even on women who had previously decided for themselves to breastfeed. If children placed separately are fed milk formula or if inexperienced mothers are presented with gift boxes of baby food, mothers are more likely to start feeding the infant formula that was given in the hospital, even if it is expensive.
Some mothers reject the idea of staying with their children in the same room because they want to sleep after giving birth, but in practice it turns out that if the children are in a separate room, the mothers still cannot sleep longer. “Talk to any night sister, and she will tell you how much time women sleep for,” Walker advises. Observations showed that they sleep 5 hours at night, 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 child will sleep better if you follow the natural course of things without violating human nature. "