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The beginnings of breastfeeding are not easy. Both mom and baby should pace their rhythm and opt for on-demand breastfeeding that can go through some ups and downs.
Throughout breastfeeding, there may be occasional rejections by the baby of breast milk. This is known as a lactation crisis. The first crisis can reach 3 weeks.
Throughout breastfeeding, different outbreaks or growth crises (or lactation crises) occur that can give false signals to the mother:
- That the baby wants to be weaned.
- That she doesn't have enough milk.
These lactation crises usually appear at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months.
At 3 weeks there is one that is very typical. It is the moment in which you go from transitional milk to final milk. Baby's behavior changes:
- The baby latches onto its mother's breast 24 hours a day.
- For 2 or 3 days, the baby never wants to leave the breast. It does so because it needs to guarantee the milk production it needs.
- The breast increases in volume, since the mother goes from producing a small amount of milk, to producing almost a liter of milk.
In this case, the mother can be seen somewhat overwhelmed by this situation, since she goes from having a baby who breastfeeds regularly, to a baby who does not want to let go of the breast 24 hours a day.
Fortunately, it is a temporary crisis, lasting two or three days. After that time, the baby will return to breastfeeding on a regular basis.
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