The two most important aspects of a good breastfeeding session are – latching and holding. If you have held your baby right and the baby is able to latch on to your breast correctly, it will result in a satisfying feed. While breastfeeding comes naturally to most moms and babies, some of us may experience a few, initial, hiccups, before we learn the ropes. If you are apprehensive about breastfeeding, take a look at this step by step breastfeeding guide.
Take a look this simple step by step breastfeeding guide for new moms:
There are different positions in which you can hold your baby during breastfeeding for maximum comfort; both, yours and the baby’s.
#1. The Cradle Hold
In this position, you hold your baby in your forearm, with her head carefully supported by the crook of your arm. Let your other hand support her bottom and keep her close to your tummy. Make sure her head and torso lie in a straight line while she can move her hands and legs freely.
This is quite a relaxing position, especially suited for moms who have had a c-section. It requires you to place one or two pillows on your side so that your elbow and forearm can rest easily on the pillows. Now hold your baby on the side of your breast with her head in your palm. Gently lift her head towards your breast while resting the baby’s body and your elbow on the pillows.
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Most new mothers use this position for nighttime feeding when one feels too lazy to sit upright. It is also good for c-section moms. One can easily feed the baby lying sideways. You can keep your head on a pillow and cradle your baby in the crook of your arm, supporting her bottom and drawing her closer. With your other hand draw your breast to your baby’s mouth for easy feeding.
Invest in some maternity clothes like nightwear with zippers or tees, designed especially to help you breastfeed in comfort.
Breastfeeding bras come with flaps for easy feeding.
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You can also get some trendy nursing covers to enable anytime, anywhere feeding even if you are outdoors or in a public place.
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