“I’ve been breastfeeding my newborn since birth but never seem to have enough milk—is this normal?”
SIONED Hilton, health visitor and lactation expert, says, “This is a common concern for many new mums but try not to worry as, in all likelihood, you are producing exactly the right amount for your baby. Your breasts, regardless of their size, will always make milk as long as you breastfeed, and nursing a baby every couple of hours—i.e. feeding them little and often—is perfectly normal. Remember also that newborns only have tiny tummies so it doesn’t take much to fill them up!
“Your volume of milk is not the only indicator of a good supply—if your baby is gaining weight, has lots of wet nappies and her poo is mustard yellow, then this is a clear indicator that she is more than likely getting all the milk she needs.
“After the first six weeks your breasts will not feel ‘full’ like they did right at the beginning, as your body begins to work on a supply-and-demand basis. So, when feeding your baby, listen to make sure she has a good latch and is swallowing.
“If you are expressing and are worried about how much milk you are making, try to wait at least an hour post-feed until you use your breastpump. You can also try alternating breasts, so if you’ve fed your baby from your right breast, try expressing from the left the next time. Always make sure you’re hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
“But if your baby is struggling to latch on, and you are concerned she is not gaining weight, do speak to your health visitor or GP, who will be able to advise you further”. ■
Baby Reverse Curl
Try this abdominal exercise to strengthen your core—Your baby will like flying through the air while you tone up!
1 Lie on your back with your baby positioned on your chest.
2 Bend your knees, bringing them slowly towards your chest.
3 Rest your baby on your shins, holding her hands, and then lift them up so that your shins are parallel to the ground.
4 Your thighs should be at a 90º angle to your torso.
5 Contract and engage your abs, and lower your shins (and your baby) so that your feet are slightly off the ground.
6 Hold for a moment, then lift your shins up again. Repeat 10 to 15 times.