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Breastfeeding Tips And Techniques

Prepare Your Breasts for Feeding

When you are prepared for breastfeeding, the first and the most important thing to have in you is have confidence in yourself and the commitment to breastfeeding begins with the belief that you can do it.  A husband’s support and approval for breastfeeding can boost the confidence of a mother to overcome the breastfeeding challenges.

From the start of the 6th month of pregnancy, a women need to start some breast preparation techniques to make the breasts and nipples ready for feeding.

Breastfeeding should be as soon as possible after birth and a minimum of 8 to 12 times in every 24 hours that is to make plenty of milk.  During the first few days after birth, your baby needs to breastfeed for about every one hour or two hours in the daytime and a few times at night. Feedings can be 15 to 20 minutes per breast or longer but remember there is no set time for this.

Mother’s breasts easily make milk and supply in response to the baby’s needs. The more a baby breastfeeds, the more the production of milk will be. Babies double their weight in a very few months after birth, so they need more feedings to grow and be healthy.

Follow the below Breastfeeding tips to prepare yourself for breastfeeding

Try holding both the nipples between your forefinger and middle finger as you hold a cigarette and draw them (move by pulling) in and out  for about 40-50 times holding the nipples tightly (please do not do this if you have  premature contractions or any symptoms as such)

Ask your doctor to recommend you a lactation consultant and do discuss with your doctor about your plans of breastfeeding your baby. Discuss with your friends or family members about how they can help you.

If you like, your love life can be incorporated making your husband suck at the breast.

Breastfeeding Tips for a great start immediately after birth

Start feeding your baby as soon as possible after delivery, so that the baby learns immediately how to attach to the breasts and does not struggle later with the breasts filled with milk. Breastfeeding at birth also promotes bonding between mother and the baby.

Inquire for an onsite lactation consultant to come and help you with breastfeeding your baby.

Do not give formulas or other food to your baby until and unless it is medically advisable or necessary. Do not allow your baby using pacifiers or bottles as well.

Make your baby to stay with you in your hospital room all day and  night so that mother can breastfeed her baby often or else take the help of a nurses to bring your baby to you for feedings.

When babies are hungry, they keep their hand fists to their mouths by making sucking movements with their mouth and turn their heads front and back looking for the breast, if anything touches her she turns towards it and is almost ready to eat (This sign is called rooting). Offer your baby your breast as soon as your baby shows the rooting signs. Do not wait till she is crying, as it can be a late sign of hunger and is quite tough to manage your baby.

During the first few weeks after birth, you need to wake your baby to feed for every four hours since the beginning of the last feeding.

Breastfeeding Techniques to bring your baby to the breast to latch

It is quite common that some babies latch on right away and for some babies it takes time. When your baby is awake, she moves her head back and front in searching for the breasts with her mouth.  Hold your baby against your bare chest and upright with her head under your chin.

Do not worry as your baby will be comfortable between your breasts as your skin temperature rises to give your baby the warmth. Support your baby’s shoulders and upper back with your hand palm pulling your baby in close to your breasts. Just catch the below illustrations for your understanding of how you take your baby to latch.

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