Newborns generally suckle very slowly. Mothers are often restless, wondering why they have to take ages when breastfeeding their babies. Various factors cause a slow pace of suckling. At times the baby even fails to open their mouth wide enough. Hence the mother has to keep trying until the baby is full. Such scenarios can have a mother breastfeeding for even two hours hence ending up with lots of fatigue. Motherhood is a bittersweet journey, and these are some of the expectations you should have. However, eventually, the baby will get quicker at breastfeeding if you are a breastfeeding mother as much as you will always be hopeful about when the babies get quicker at breastfeeding. Your dilemma will always remain when? Well, your anxiety can use some information, and here are facts on when babies get quicker at breastfeeding.
Well, unless you are the lucky few whose babies jump right into quick breastfeeding, for others, the learning period is mandatory. When you have your first baby, the fact is you have never done breastfeeding of any kind. Therefore the moment your baby arrives and you start breastfeeding them, the situation is both a learning process for you and your baby. How well you utilize your learning period determines the experience which awaits you. The first two weeks after the delivery of your baby is going to be hard. Here you will be trying to find the perfect position for breastfeeding your child and the angle which makes you as the mother comfortable. We call the period the trial and error period, which you can use to acquire new breastfeeding skills and also get your baby to enjoy breastfeeding from various positions. During the learning, the period is when you get to lay the basis as to when your baby will get quicker at breastfeeding.
Also, the timelines might change according to how fast the baby is. Always remember, just like adults, some are good feeders and others worse. The time a specific person takes to finish their meal might be completely different from another person. However, for babies with consistent training, they will eventually grasp the art of quicker breastfeeding.
Nipples with cracks
The journey of motherhood comes with pain and joy. Nipples with cracks are part of the journey you will go through as a mother. Some of the repercussions you might suffer during the learning period are nipples that have cracks. Well, anyone who has had these nipples before knows the results are painful. Most times, an improper latch causes cracking of nipples. Also, the wrong positioning of the baby can leave you with nipples that have cracks. These cracks can, at times, be avoidable and how to avoid depends on what you do during the learning period. Therefore when your nipples crack, you will realize breastfeeding takes time and times. You might even fail to nourish the baby because of the pain. Ensuring you avoid all possible causes of injuries to your nipples during the learning period will help breastfeeding become quicker for you.
If your baby develops thrush during the learning period, then breastfeeding is going to take much longer. Thrush, which is a fungal infection, can be avoidable, you have to be a vigilante. When your breasts itch, you could be suffering from an infection and eventually pass to your baby. Babies with thrush won’t even suckle and might cry all the time hence disrupting their breastfeeding pace. When they get to heal and start breastfeeding again, the process will almost begin from square one. Avoiding any situations which my hinder breastfeeding will eventually help the baby become quicker at breastfeeding.
Growth spurts get to happen between weeks two, three, and five. Here you will note lots of cluster feeding. You will have to stay for hours on end breastfeeding your baby. Growth spurts will also accelerate the production of breast milk. The more a baby suckles, the more the breast milk. On some occasions, you will have to wake up in between the night to pump breast milk. Such scenarios are going to be surprising, but all are part of the journey towards quicker breastfeeding. Remember to get to where breastfeeding becomes easy; you will have to be ready for the roller coaster of phases.
When you get to week six or eight, you will realize breastfeeding becomes easier. Here most babies will stop cluster breastfeeding, and you will realize you don’t stay on the couch breastfeeding for hours on end. When the cluster period goes away, you will realize that even sleeping for you becomes easier. When the baby goes slow on the cluster feeding, they can, at times, spend by themselves on the couch. Here one can say the breastfeeding is much quicker because you no longer have to have your entire day spent around the baby.
After three months or rather, when the baby is three months of age, they will have a stable routine for breastfeeding. Some babies will be okay when breastfeeding is done during specific times of the day. You will realize even on issues of maternity leave; most mothers get to return to work after three months. Breastfeeding has become easier and quicker is among the main reason why at three months as a mother, you can go back to your normal schedule. There will be no better time for you as a mother than knowing your baby is no longer clingy, and they are fine with breastfeeding for a few minutes at only specific times of the day. Also, during such times, the baby can be given breast milk by the caregiver. As long as you pump the milk and leave at home for feeding your baby, the feeding process will no longer feel like a hard task but more of feeding time for the baby.
You see, breastfeeding is not easy, but you can manage. In the beginning, you might give up because of fatigue and the clingy nature of your baby, but eventually, you will become a mother who is happy to be breastfeeding her baby.