Successful breastfeeding isn’t about where or how you sit, it’s all about being comfortable and at ease in breastfeeding your newborn. This guide will get your latching-on technique right.
One of the most beautiful images which can be presented is a mother feeding her child is breastfeeding. Isn’t it crazy that breastfeeding is fundamentally one of the very reasons why we have been able to live for thousands of years as humans. It is very natural in its base and in fact humans have been doing it for millions of years.
However, its not all that easy. Some woman however finds it a challenge in the first few days or weeks.
"Breastfeeding is natural, but it's a practiced skill, almost an art form, you could read a book about playing the flute and learn a lot about the instrument, but you won't really learn how to play the flute until you actually do it." – Corky Harvey, R.N., M.S – Lactating consultant and co-owner of the pump station, a breastfeeding support centre.
Be comfortable, sit or lie back making sure you have back support. You may raise your feet or ankle. If sitting upright, the weight of your newborn can be supported by a pillow to not make your arms extra tired.
If lying back, then use a cushions to support both your shoulders and back. Once comfortable, rest your baby on your chest and tummy with his chest against you. Your body will support your baby and allow him to follow his instincts to find your breast.
When on your side, put your head comfortably on a pillow, and place your newborn alongside you, with his tummy towards yours.
How can my baby latch on my breast?
Latching is the one and only thing you need to do.
Position the baby on her side so that your newborn is facing towards you and their belly is in contact with yours. Next move the baby up and hold them towards your breast, don’t lean over to your baby.
Place your thumbs and fingers around your areola.
Shift your newborns head back slightly and tickle the newborns lips with your nipple until their mouth opens wide.
Provide help to your newborn and scoop the breast to the babies’ mouth by placing their lower jaw on first, well below the nipple.
Tilt your newborns head forward, placing their upper jaw deeply on the breast, making sure your newborn takes the entire nipple and at least 11/2 inches of the areola in their mouth.
And voilà , that is how to breastfeed. This may take a couple tries but every mother gets it at the end .