If you are breastfeeding, you will probably wake up early and go to bed late in the early days. Your milk production is not yet set to your baby's demands. Moms often feel uncertain during these "empty" days; baby seems insatiable and your breasts feel empty. Don't worry: it's natural that your production will find its proper rhythm.
How do you recognise "empty" days?
The nutritional needs of a baby change regularly. At some moments a baby is sprouting in a growth spurt. And, then, does not get enough milk. As a result, the baby is more hungry and wants to drink more often.
If you feed the child more often, your breasts will no longer have the time to get full. That is the signal that more milk has to be produced. After a few days of more frequent drinking, milk production is then adjusted to the higher dietary demand. And the child will have a full feeling after drinking.
When do you have "empty" days?
In general, these occur around
What do you do during these days?
If your child seems to be insatiable and wants to breastfeed at one particular point of the day, you may not be in the empty days, but your child is growing quickly.
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