Guide to Breastfeeding for New Moms

Guide to Breastfeeding for New MomsMotherhood is a wonderful time that comes with many challenges, new experiences, and moments of bonding for you and your baby. Breastfeeding is one of many ways through which you can spend quality time with your child and do your part to ensure that they grow up healthy and happy! Not every woman ends up breastfeeding their child, but there are many ways to enhance the experience.

Find a Comfortable Position

Figuring out what is the best way to sit while breastfeeding might take a few tries. Pillows can be very helpful in increasing your comfort and ability to breastfeed. Each individual has their own preference, so it’s up to you to figure out what works for you and your little one. Make sure that your head, back, legs, and arms are comfortable and fully supported.

Nursing can last anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes, so it’s important to be prepared from the start. Make sure that you are not only comfortable, but also that you will be able to comfortably support your baby for the full duration of the feeding session. Make sure that your baby’s entire torso is facing you, and that they are at the right height and position to feed so that they won’t have to reach or strain their neck.

Different types of Positions

There are a few different positions which you can use to support you and your baby, but ultimately, it’s what feels best for you. There is no right or wrong answer.

  • Laid-back Position:
  • Lean back and have your baby lie face-down on your stomach as they feed. Make sure that you use pillows to support your back. Your baby will not need pillows, as they will get all the support they need from your body.

  • Cradle Position:
  • Have your baby sit in your lap and use your arm to support their head and body. You can use pillows to make sure that your baby is at the right height to be able to reach you.

  • Clutch Position:
  • Position the baby next to your body and use your arm to support them. This position is also referred to as the “Football” position, as you are holding your baby similar to the way one would hold a football. Your arm will provide good support for their head and body. This position is excellent for women who have had c-sections, as the baby is not resting on the stomach area.

  • Side-Lying Position:
  • Lie down on one side and use your elbow to prop yourself up. Then, have your baby lie down and position them in the right spot to be able to feed. This position allows you to snuggle up with your baby, and it’s excellent in the evening or if your baby wakes up during the night.

Getting a Proper Latch

Hold your breast with your hand in a C-shape to allow your baby to be able to latch on as well as possible. Always bring your baby to you, not vice-versa. Listen for sounds of swallowing milk to make sure that they are feeding properly. Always be sure to unlatch safely to ensure your comfort. Simply place your pinky finger on the corner of your baby’s mouth and gently use it to break the suction.

Stay Positive!

Always stay relaxed and patient. There is no exact way to breastfeed and it takes some trial and error. If you have a bad day, don’t give up and keep practicing to find the best method for you and your baby.

If you have any questions about breastfeeding or being a new mom, do not hesitate to give us a call. Schedule your appointment today to ensure that you and your little one are healthy for years to come!