Do you often wonder why does baby cry during breastfeeding? Find the answer to your question in this detailed article!
“Breastfeeding is not just about milk but more about pure love.”
Breastfeeding is not just a gift to the mother and her baby but to nature as well. It is not a choice but a responsibility that every mother has to deal with. When mammary glands secrete milk for the young ones, it is called the lactation period which is the most crucial period during motherhood. This milk contains a high amount of WBCs and immunoglobin which glaze the lining of the intestines of babies which are immature. This milk is yellowish in color, thick in consistency and less in quantity yet intensely important and healthy for newborns.
Amazing Facts About Mother’s Milk
- 1. It is easily digested than any other milk like cow milk or soy milk which might lead to an allergic reaction, unlike mother’s milk.
- Linking to the above point, if it’s easy to digest, it automatically reduces the chances of getting the stomach upset or having constipation, etc. Therefore, your baby would feel healthy after breastfeeding.
- It is not proven entirely yet but it is believed that fatty acids that are present in breast milk are brain boosters. Therefore, babies who have been breastfed have high IQ in future.
- It builds a magical connection between mother and child. Also, the baby feels secure as soon as he/she gets in physical contact with the mother.
- For mothers, it decreases the risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer in later life.
- All the weight that a lady puts on during pregnancy gets reduced as breastfeeding burns 300-500 calories, a day. Therefore, without dieting and exercises, a lady can lose weight.
Why does baby cry during breastfeeding?
1. Wanting Fast Flow
Sometimes, babies expect the flow to be a little fast. In order to get that, they observe that by pulling off the breast and kneading it, they can facilitate the flow. Initially, when the breast starts to produce milk, it comes in little droplets but eventually, the flow gets normal. There is a pattern when the mother feeds the baby; several seconds to minutes, the flow gets quick but again slow down. These multiple letdowns could be irritating for a baby, that is why they tend to cry.
Even if the let down is forceful by the mother, the child starts to pull off the breasts or even vomit/spit off.
Suppose you are breastfeeding your baby and what if the baby wants to burp but you are unaware of it? It could be quite frustrating. The simple way is to let them burp either between the breasts or after it and even if they don’t, there is nothing to worry about. Although, breastfed babies doesn’t intake much of the air, unlike bottle-fed ones, so naturally they don’t burp often. But it is believed that burping is necessary during initial few months like 6 months.
Sometimes, after the breastfeeding session, the baby wants to just suck the breast, instead of consuming the milk. In that case, let down may frustrate them because this is not what they actually want. Therefore, we need to provide them some pacifiers if he/she is 4-6 weeks older.
Teething begins in 2 months in infants which could be quite irritating for babies as it provides intense discomfort while breastfeeding. You can provide them gum relief by rubbing ice to their gums or by refrigerating a cloth and giving them to just chew it for some time. It could turn out to be very helpful.
Note– teething babies usually bite during breastfeeding, so you can get to know about it easily. You can also consult a doctor in case you need to provide any pain killer before breastfeeding your baby.
5. Congestion and cold
In a case where your baby has a cold or throat infection, he/she would be unable to breathe properly. During such a time, breastfeeding would be congesting and frustrating for a baby due to stuffy nose or painful throat, leading him/her to cry and fuss.