Causes of delayed onset of breast milk production

Breast milk can usually feed a newborn three days after birth, but if there is more delay in the milk production process, it will cause problems for the baby.



Cause of delayed breastfeeding

Breastfeeding time for mothers who have just given birth is usually a little late, but some mothers spend more time waiting for this normal process.

Long before your baby is born, the mother’s body begins to produce food. Around the 16th week of pregnancy , changes in the breasts begin. Usually, without the mother’s attention, a small increase in the size of the alveoli ( milk-producing grape clusters ) begins. At the time of the baby’s birth, nature has prepared the first and most amazing food, colostrum, which in colloquial language is referred to as colostrum, milkweed, steppe, as well as the first milk.

Colostrum is thick and produces a small amount of it, so it does not make you feel full in your breasts. Turning colostrum into milk will make your breasts feel full in a few days. Breastfeeding usually occurs on the third day after delivery, but for some mothers, this process is delayed.
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Causes of delay in starting milk production

First child: Usually in the first delivery there is a possibility of delayed milk production. Breastfeeding and breastfeeding for mothers who have given birth to their first child can take up to 5 days after delivery. Breast milk will be produced earlier in subsequent deliveries.
Hard labor: Prolonged labor with stress or the unpleasant experience of giving birth using anesthesia , pitokin, or injecting too much intravenous fluid can delay milk production.
Premature birth :Your body is able to produce milk at the end of the second trimester of pregnancy, but premature birth and the resulting stress and inability to breastfeed a premature baby immediately after birth can delay milk production.
Cesarean section :Surgery, stress, pain, and emotional factors associated with cesarean delivery can delay milk production.
Inability of the baby to suck: Any impairment in the baby’s ability to suckle can interfere with the onset of milk production. Problems such as tongue twitching, cleft palate, or nerve problems can make it difficult for a baby to suck properly. In addition, your nipples may be flat, sunken, or very large, each of which can make it difficult to breastfeed.
Diabetes :In mothers with diabetes, milk production may be delayed. This can be due to multiple causes such as hormonal problems, high rates of cesarean delivery in diabetic mothers, preterm delivery and separation of mother and baby after birth.
Other hormonal disorders: The onset of milk production in mothers with hypothyroidism or polycystic ovary syndrome is also delayed.
Obesity: Pre-pregnancy overweight or obesity during pregnancy can be caused by postpartum milk production and the birth of a baby and delay it.
Remaining placenta in the uterus: If some placenta remains in the uterus after the baby is born, it can prevent the hormonal changes needed to start producing milk in your body.
Single lutein cysts: These ovarian cysts, which produce the hormone testosterone, can delay the onset of milk production. These cysts naturally disappear a few weeks after the baby is born. Elimination of these cysts leads to a decrease in the amount of testosterone in the body and the start of milk production.
Signs of delayed onset of milk production in the infant
Existence of symptoms of hunger after breastfeeding
* Prolonged breastfeeding
* to cry
* Clumsy
* bad temper
Wet less than 6 diapers in 24 hours
* Reduce the frequency of defecation
* Jaundice
*  Weight loss
* Diarrhea
When your milk supply is low due to a delay in starting milk production, your baby will probably always look hungry and upset. If this delay is minor, it will not necessarily be a problem. The longer it takes your baby to start producing milk, the more at risk your baby is. Contact your doctor immediately if your baby has symptoms such as dehydration, jaundice, or severe weight loss. These symptoms are serious and should be treated as soon as possible.

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