For mothers who have their first baby, breastfeeding is a special skill needed to be learned. The first few days after giving birth are an important period of learning to breastfeed the baby properly, so that the baby gets enough milk supply. When you first do it, of course, it seems hard. But after a few weeks, you will be more trained and have a comfortable breastfeeding position. Want to know more about this topic? Keep reading.
Breastfeeding can be a very valuable time to grow a bond between mother and baby. Although it does occur naturally, it is also important to look for a comfortable breastfeeding position. Starting from the physical and psychological condition of the mother, go to the condition of the baby, support from the environment, and proper breastfeeding techniques.
In breastfeeding techniques, the position is the most important element in the mother’s success in giving breast milk. The right position of breastfeeding will make babies get breast milk. It’s also effective and can reduce the risk of mothers having problems in breastfeeding.
The right position of the mother can prevent the risk of back pain or the pain during breastfeeding while helping the baby to stick perfectly to the mother’s nipples. A good breastfeeding position affects good attachment. Also, attachment errors can make the nipple hurt when sucked up by the baby.
Which breastfeeding position is best for moms and babies?
- Lean Position (Laid Back Positions)
This position is a natural position that is usually done when breastfeeding a baby for the first time. Most mothers like this position because it is considered as a more relaxing position. To apply for this position, the method is quite easy. Rest your back on a pillow. Then put the baby on your stomach. You can do this breastfeeding position anywhere as long as the place for lean backs is available.
- Cradle hold position
When breastfeeding with this position, your baby lies comfortably between the curves of the arm. To make your baby and you are comfortable during breastfeeding, try to find a comfortable seat. After that, support the baby’s entire body with one hand. If necessary, you can put a cushion or soft pad on your lap. Usually, this position is done if you are used to breastfeeding well.
- Place the baby’s nose in a parallel position to the nipple. Using the nipple, give stimulation to the baby’s lower lip so that the baby’s mouth is reflexively wide open. If the baby can’t do it, the mother can guide him by gently touching the bottom of the baby’s lips with the nipple.
- Let the baby insert 3/4 of the areola and nipple into his mouth until the attachment is perfect. This is also done to prevent abrasions on the nipples. Attachment is one of the important conditions in how to breastfeed properly. Signs of correct attachment is when the mother does not feel pain or abrasions and the baby gets enough milk.
- The baby will start using his tongue to suck the milk. Mother needs to just follow the rhythm of sucking and swallowing.
- Let the baby set for himself how quickly the baby will suckle. There is no time limitation on how long babies have to breastfeed. Give milk every time the babies want. Give it until they are full. Never stop it in the middle of the activities. It is better to wait until the baby stops breastfeeding. He will reflexively release the suction and pull his mouth from the mother’s nipple.
- If you feel pain due to the baby taking too long to stick so that the mother wants to finish it, or if you want to move the baby’s mouth to another breast, place the little finger on the corner so that he will reflexively remove the suction. You can also slowly pull the chin so that the mouth is released from the nipple. Another way, by rubbing the cheeks so that the baby becomes distracted and reflexes and suction. Do not suddenly remove the baby’s mouth or shift the breast because it will make the baby fussy and will be difficult to suckle again. Later, it can also make the mother’s nipples blister.
- After the baby is full, laugh by holding him facing the mother with her chin resting on the mother’s shoulder, then gently pat her back. You can also carefully put it on your mother’s thigh, with her body lying on her stomach across her thigh with her chest and abdomen resting on her thighs. Then pat her back slowly.
Beneficial tips for breastfeeding
- Use talcum powder when feeding a newborn baby. By this way, the baby will be more comfortable when breastfeeding.
- Mothers should breastfeed in a relaxed and unhurried condition since breastfeeding requires calmness. Enjoy beautiful moments with your baby.
- Replace the breast side regularly while breastfeeding to reduce swelling and pain on one side of the breast (rarely used for breastfeeding). This method will also increase breast milk naturally. Mothers can mark the breast part that was last breastfed by placing a pin on the mother’s shirt.
- Every time after breastfeeding, place the baby’s head higher than his feet. Mom can put a baby on a pillow with enough slope.
- Use a special breastfeeding bra that has a front hook or can be opened button. Besides, nursing bras also avoid the mother from clogging the breastmilk duct or inflammation of the breast tissue (mastitis).
- Mothers can also use breast pads to prevent breastmilk leakage.
- Place the mother’s foot on a small chair or footstool to avoid the body not too bent.
- Make sure to supply fluid intake during breastfeeding with enough drink.
- Nursing mothers need to keep their emotion. Try to always be happy and avoid all stressful things.
- Don’t be afraid of pain and abrasions occurring while breastfeeding, such as improper attachment, tongue tie babies, or when babies grow tall. Nipple pain is a very normal and natural, the mother will be smarter to adjust it.
- If the mother has limited time for direct breastfeeding, use the breastmilk pump so that the baby continues to get enough milk and the production of milk remains smooth.
- Never bathe the nipples or areola intentionally because it will dry it out and the skin is prone to cracking. Later, it will feel pain when feeding.
- Eat nutritious food so that the nutritional content of breast milk is maintained and the baby gets all the nutrients and vitamins needed. Also, avoid dietary restrictions for nursing mothers such as alcohol and overly spicy foods and excessive caffeine consumption.
- Adequate rest is very important for nursing mothers. Plus the lack of sleep due to fatigue can make the mother easy to stress which ultimately affects the production of breast milk. Sleep when the baby is sleeping.
- Do not take not necessary drugs or not prescribed by a doctor.