All you need to know about breastfeeding techniques
For new mothers, breastfeeding can be a very overwhelming experience. Breastfeeding techniques play a very important role in feeding your baby. In this article, we will mention all you need to know about them. In order to feed effectively, your baby has to wake up and let you know that he or she wants to feed. A baby should be hungry 8 to 12 times a day.
Some most common signs of demonstrating hunger are licking, making sucking movements, rooting, bringing hands near the mouth and squawking. Crying is a very late representation of being hungry and till that time, it becomes very difficult for mothers to make their baby latch because of frustration. If such a case happens, let your baby calm down before you start nursing.
Types of breastfeeding techniques
Effective Breastfeeding techniques are very important because if your baby is in a good position, he or she can feed better. Some common breastfeeding positions are as follows:
In cradle position, the baby is held in the crook or elbow on the same side as the breast to be used for nursing. The breast can be supported by the opposite hand and the baby’s body is rolled in towards the mother’s body.
In the cross-cradle position, the baby’s head should be supported by the hand opposite to the breast and then feed him or her by supporting your breast with your hand.
Football or clutch
The baby’s head is supported by your hand on the same side as the breast for feeding. The baby’s body is supported by a pillow.
Side-lying using modified cradle
In this position, the baby and mother lie next to each other and the mother uses a pillow to support her arm. This position is considered good for feeding as the baby’s head is at a good angle.
In laid back position, the mother leans back in a recliner position and the baby is lying on his or her stomach and the baby’s body is pressed against the mother. This is a very relaxing position for both mother and baby. If you have had a C-Sec, then this is the best position for you.
Conclusion- All you need to know about breastfeeding techniques
No matter what position you choose, always bring the baby to your breasts, not your breast to the baby. Sit in a comfortable position and support the baby’s body using bed, pillow or cushion. In order to swallow and breathe during feeding, your baby must be in good alignment. If you are still not sure about your breastfeeding technique, then you can contact Kanupriya Khanna, a Senior Consultant Nutritionist & Dietitian and one of the best dietitians in Delhi with more than 17 years of work experience. She is an expert in the postnatal health and lactation. If you need an expert advice then she can help you with a lot of your queries.