The typical question of 'How to breast feed' appear as a dreaded question for mothers who consider it as a daunting task. Breast feeding is a natural process and can only get incredibly scary if the mothers based on bad advice and incorrect guidance puts obstacles in its way.
We will have an overview of proper way to breastfeed the baby here.
The mother should get comfortable and free herself from all first time breastfeeding myths that haunts her. The baby is to be held in the crook of the arm, cradling in a manner that his stomach touches the mother and face stare is directed to her. The baby is to be propped up with a soft pillow. The mother should sit back to avoid leaning forward. The areola of the breast is to be grasped firmly but gently.
The baby is to be raised slightly prior to gently rubbing the areola over child's top lip. The baby is to be lifted a little as soon as he opens his mouth. The baby's lower jaw should be allowed to attach to the breast. His head is to be tilted forward in sufficient manner that will ensure scooping of the entire nipple into baby's mouth making the latch on complete.
A more comfortable position can be explored, but a set routine is to be followed to get the baby adapted to this technique. The baby's position is crucial too. The baby should be on its side with his face towards mother. As the feeding sessions happen frequently, the mother will gradually become aware of the preferred position the baby enjoys most. The breasts are to be alternated to save one from being engorged. Babies have a liking for a particular breast but they must be encouraged to equally feed from each breast.
Four breast feeding positions are prevalent that provides proper sucking comfort for the babies.Lying down :
A few pillows are to be placed behind one's back for comfort and support. Baby's tummy is to be positioned in line with mothers'. The mouth of baby is to be such adjusted that it directly faces her nipple. The baby's back is to be adequately supported.Cradle Hold:
The baby is to be positioned across the stomach with his knees and face directed towards mother's body. The crook of the elbow should support baby's head with his mouth in line with mother's nipple. The body of the baby should adopt a straight line position.Cross Cradle Hold:
It is quite similar to cradle hold position but the baby is held in the arm opposite the breast from which he will latch onto. The baby position should be at breast level with his mouth directed towards nipple. Football Hold; The infant is tucked under mother's arm and is laid along the side the mother will feed. A pillow is to be placed beside the mother. The baby will be placed on pillow top with the mother's arm providing support. The rear of baby's head will be in mother's palm and her inner forearm will support baby's back.