Progesterone and Prolactin swap places after delivery. Destination: 2 Weeks
Each mother builds hormone receptors in the first two weeks after the baby is born that allow the hormones to get into the breast. The more hormone receptors, the more milk a mother makes because the more hormones she is able to use. They are grown when babies breastfeed or the milk is removed by hand or with a breast pump.
Giving formula supplements during the early weeks will cause her body not to make as many receptors as she needs.
Crying/Little Sleep: Overstimulation Prevention/Treatment –Limit visitor time –Lots of Skin to Skin –Don’t “work” on breastfeeding for more than 10 minutes at a time! Signs of Overstimulation –Crying –Starting to feed and then falling right asleep
Supply Concerns: Low Milk Supply Put the baby to the breast often Increase the numbers of feedings or remove milk with pump. Offer baby unlimited access to the breast Skin-to-skin Rest and relax Breastfeed on one side and pump on the other Express milk when separated.