Most women who are grandmothers now were moms during the ’70’s and 80’s. The majority of women did not breastfeed during that time. Few health care providers or hospitals were even encouraging of breastfeeding, let alone offering help. Take a lack of good information and inadequate breastfeeding management in a mom’s first days and weeks of breastfeeding…that adds up to an epidemic of breastfeeding failures.
#13 • If you have a large baby, you won’t have enough milk to satisfy him/her.
The first few days of breastfeeding are nerve-wracking. This baby wants to nurse all the time and you are sure there is nothing there.
Even when you know (because you have studied it – that you have colostrum …. it’s not supposed to be a large volume because it’s concentrated …. and it gives the baby a chance to practice their suck-swallow-breathe technique before your breast becomes a fire hose), it’s still hard to have faith that things are working.
Enter a big baby, say 8 or 9 pounds or more. Someone might even say, “You don’t have enough milk for this big guy.” Don’t let that add to your nervousness.
Taste: Some small studies have shown a slight increase in lactic acid in breastmilk for a short time after exhaustive exercise. There’s no evidence it lasts long enough to be consequential or that it makes any difference to babies anyway.
Nutrients: There is some evidence that the immune factor IgA may be reduced slightly after (again) exhaustive exercise. There are other things that can briefly affect IgA levels in breastmilk, but no evidence that this makes significant difference to baby.
Is baby not as interested in nursing after your exercise? Maybe baby doesn’t like the salty taste of your perspiration on the breast. Try washing or showering before feeding.