Breast milk is the most natural and healthy nutrition for your baby. Just as you learned proper breathing techniques during birth, you should also learn how to breastfeed your baby. If you are not sure how to do this, it is best to seek the assistance of a lactation consultant or a breastfeeding center.
Breastfeeding like a super mom, step by step
- Breastfeed your baby whenever he is hungry. This will help your breast glands produce more milk. The amount of milk will then be adapted to your baby's needs.
- Find a comfortable, quiet place where you can breastfeed without discomfort.
- Place your baby's head on your elbow and his body on your forearm. Your hand should cover your baby's breast buds for support. Hold your breast with your free hand: your thumb should be above the areola and the rest of the fingers below it. Guide your baby to your chest and make sure his nose is clear.
- The right grip is essential: gently touch your nipple with your baby's lips until he opens his mouth. Make sure your baby doesn't suck on your nipples alone, as this can cause pain. Your baby's mouth should include a large portion of the areola in the suction. This will allow your baby to drink properly and keep him/her from hurting your nipples.
- Always let your baby empty one breast first: this is important because being almost empty increases the fat content of the milk. This milk is very high in calories and not only provides important fatty acids, but also satisfies your baby very well. Then, offer your other breast and let him drink until he no longer wants to. At the next feeding, start with the last breast that he was feeding on. This will help improve your milk supply.
- To remove your baby from your breast, it is best to gently insert your little finger into the corner of your baby's mouth. This will release the suction pressure and you can easily remove your baby from the breast.
- Do not be discouraged if the attempt to breastfeed does not work the first time. Remember that you and your baby are a special team. And as with all teams, you may need a little more practice before you can be a pro. Relax and try again calmly.