When it comes to breastfeeding, it’s definitely helpful to be knowledgeable at what it encompasses. If you’re completely new to breastfeeding, no worries! That doesn’t mean you won’t have a successful breastfeeding journey; you and your baby will learn along the way.
If you had to guess the spot where breast milk comes out, you might guess that it’s right in the center of the nipple. In reality, milk comes from many openings in the nipple called milk duct orifices! Each nipple has about 15-20 different openings that letdown milk while baby is nursing.
When a baby is latched properly, their mouth is covering the whole areola so they're able to drink milk effectively and without too much of a mess. When you’re beginning to learn how to nurse, baby or whoever is nearby, might get sprayed! It happens! Your nipple isn't like a faucet on a sink, but rather a shower head!
It’s so important when you’re nursing that baby is latched properly around your nipple to maximize milk and avoid any messes! If you are experiencing pain or discomfort with breastfeeding, most times it is due to baby’s latch. Don’t forget though that you are likely going to experience some nipple discomfort at first; that’s normal. This is from the constant demand of feeding from your new baby. However, the pain shouldn’t be while baby is nursing. Lactation consultants can be a great resource to help with achieving a proper latch.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful experience between mom and baby! The more you know can surely help you along your breastfeeding journey, but remember that your body was made to do this. I know it can be overwhelming, but you’ve got this! As always, reach out to other breastfeeding moms for moral support; I’m always happy to chat!
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