Women ask this question already in the first hours after childbirth. The answer is simple: in the arsenal of a nursing mother there should be many convenient and practical positions for any occasion.
Each of the positions has its pros and cons, and you need to focus exclusively on personal comfort.
When her mother is comfortable, she is not bothered by the tension in her back and arms, she feels calm and relaxed, and milk is more actively secreted from her breast. Yes, and the baby can effectively suck only when it does not interfere.
Cradle. This is the most famous pose. The baby lies on the upper part of the body on her mother’s hand, under the breast from which the feeding is planned.
His head rests on the elbow, and the back rests flat on his mother’s forearm. Make sure that the child is pressed to your chest with his whole face (but not one cheek) and shoulders, and to the stomach – with his tummy, and not sideways.
Your hand will be less tired if you put a feeding pillow under your elbow.
From under the arm. The baby is located on a large pillow on the side of the mother, legs to the back of the sofa or chair. His head looks out from under the arm of his mother, as if she is holding a soccer ball.
At the same time, the crumb lies on its side, pressing its belly to its mother’s side, on the pillow, while mom supports him with his hand just below the nape of the neck, but without clasping his head with his fingers. Having arranged the baby in this way, a woman can settle herself reclining, placing a pillow under her elbow (which is very convenient if she cannot sit).
The advantages of this situation are that it allows the baby to suck out milk more easily; This pose is irreplaceable for feeding twins.
Lying down. This is one of the most comfortable positions. Put the baby next to you, lay your shoulder on the mattress, and put the edge of the pillow between your shoulder and your ear.
If you are hampered by your elbow, move it lower, approximately to the level of your chest, and freely place your forearm along the body. Hug the baby, hold the tummy against you, arrange the head on the crook of the elbow. With your free hand, help the baby to take the breast correctly.
The most common mistakes – to hang over the baby, leaning on the arm, or keep the elbow under the pillow.
At the call of nature
When a woman becomes a mother for the first time, it is difficult for her to even imagine how to properly put her baby on her breast – at best, the image of a nursing Madonna comes to mind. Although there is one position that does not require any training, it is called biological, or relaxed, feeding.
Just put the newborn face down on the breast of the reclining mother, and he himself will orient himself perfectly, find the nipple and grab it correctly and conveniently. If you give the child freedom of movement, the risk of nipple damage is reduced to a minimum, and the baby sucks well and completely drains the breast.
A quick way to learn how to properly hold a baby in the breast is to see how more experienced mothers feed their babies. It is worth doing training already during pregnancy: try to find a breastfeeding support group or talk to any mother who is breastfeeding successfully.
Do not hesitate, ask to show how the baby is put, and most likely you will not be denied. You can also use web resources: watch videos and webinars on breastfeeding techniques.
To breastfeed a baby while cleaning? It is easy if you put the crumbs in the sling.
This is the only type of carrier that allows you not only to carry your baby comfortably, but also to breastfeed him on the go and completely unnoticed by others. In addition, thanks to the constant contact between the mother and the baby, the baby sling helps strengthen lactation.