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Preparing for breastfeeding
This is the proper way or the ideal way which is used to support the breast when mothers are learning to breastfeed. It is more suitable for babies who have been delivered vaginally rather than c-section. This needs to be practiced by mom to be because almost every new mom does it incorrectly.
Holding the thumb on the top is the correct way but most moms do the mistake by placing the bottom fingers in the wrong place. The bottom fingers need to be near the chest wall. When the index finger ends up on the bottom of the areola, babies will not be able to latch well. If you are already breastfeeding or still expecting, then you can check the c-hold in a mirror to make sure the fingers are out of the way.
A new baby cannot support the weight of their own head, so support the breast properly and without hindering the latch.
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Mothers who are expecting should not prepare for breastfeeding by toughening their nipples. It is very essential to test the inversion of nipples by placing the index finger behind the nipple and gently pinching to see if the nipple inverts, goes flat or protrudes normally.
You do not have to worry when you should stop as this will automatically decided by your little one itself. When they are done, detach them softly.
Secret of a good latch
Some proper body positions are discussed below, but here are the basics of a good deep latch:
You should support the breast in the c-hold as discussed earlier.
Make sure that you line the baby’s nose up with the nipple.
Try to tease the baby’s lower lip in a downward motion using the nipple to elicit the open mouth reflex.
Then wait for a yawn or a cry-wide mouth.
The mother should sweep the baby’s entire body towards them.
You should also bring the baby’s bottom in closer. This will dig in the chin and tilt the head slightly.
It is very important to support the breasts for a newborn during the entire feeding process, but at the same time don’t forget to relax the shoulders and make sure the arms are supported.
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Best position to learn to breastfeed
The cross-cradle hold gives the mother the best control, but in case the mother has had a c-section, the football hold may be best for her. In a proper cross-cradle hold, the mother holds the baby at the nape of the neck with the hand opposite the breast she is using.
You should use a proper c-hold on the breast. Sit back on the chair; keep the feet up on a stationary footrest to avoid the temptation of bringing the breast to the baby. Instead you should bring the baby to the breast.
You should pull the elbow towards the ribs bringing the baby’s bottom with it as this avoids the temptation of pushing the breast tissue away with the thumb. This will help you to prevent nipple irritation.
A nursing pillow is an effective tool to keep you in proper position and this greatly saves you from backache, while supporting the baby.