Breast-feeding is no big deal for experienced Ma Ma Ma, but for novice mothers, there is still a certain degree of difficulty. If you do not master the essentials, the baby can not eat well, the mother will suffer, nipple sucked, mastitis and so on at any time may come to the door, will also destroy the new mother to adhere to breastfeeding confidence. So, how can you first give birth to a mother to breastfeed your baby? Let’s take a look at 4 gestures and 5 tips for breastfeeding.
New mommy will learn 4 gestures easily.
If you want to have a good command of breastfeeding, you need to start with the correct feeding position. There are usually four kinds of lactation gestures:
1, cradle type
Cradle feeding should be the most widely used way of breastfeeding. The baby’s head rests on the mother’s arm, abdomen inward, and the mother’s hand should hold the baby’s buttocks for easy physical contact. Using the cushion or armrest to support the arm, the muscles of the arm will not be stretched because of the high shoulder lift. When using this feeding position, it is helpful for the body to relax with high feet, such as putting your feet on your feet.
2. Semi lying.
In the first few days after childbirth, the mother still has difficulty sitting up, at this time, feeding the baby in a semi-lying position is most suitable. The baby leaned over her mother’s abdomen and pillows her upper body with her pillow.
3, side horizontal.
This posture can be used when feeding or relaxing at night. Mothers and babies lie on their beds on the side of the abdomen, so that the baby’s mouth will be opposite to the nipple. Mother’s arms and shoulders should be laid flat on the mattress, with only the head supported by pillows. Mother can pad the baby with rolled towels or similar articles to keep the baby in the same position.
4. Rugby style.
This position is especially appropriate when feeding twins or when another child wants to snuggle up to her mother. Babies lie in the arms of their mothers, their hips opposite, and can be supported by cushions when needed, while mothers’lower arms should hold the baby’s back. The body should lean slightly to keep the baby near the breast. After feeding, you can relax and tilt your body back. This posture allows the baby to suck the milk in the lower part of the breast.
5 tips for breastfeeding
To ensure successful breastfeeding, new mothers must also learn the right breastfeeding skills – the right way to connect the mouth and the breast. The correct mouth to breast connection should be the nipple and areola of the baby’s small mouth that completely encircle the breast of the mother.
1. Scratch your baby’s lips with your nipple.
Once the mother and baby are in a very comfortable position, the mother can gently rub the baby’s lips with her nipples and wait until the baby’s mouth is fully opened – until it opens wide like a yawn. It is recommended that you direct your nipple to your baby’s nose and rub it, then gradually move down to the upper lip mucosa of the baby, gradually induce the baby to open his mouth wide to connect the nipple, so as to avoid sucking his lower lip when breastfeeding.
If the baby is still unwilling to open the mouth greatly, then you can squeeze a little colostrum applied to the baby’s lips, encouraging the baby to open the mouth to engage the nipple. If the baby moves his head away and gently touches the cheek to bring the baby’s head closer to the mother’s breast, the instinctive neonatal sucking reflex turns the baby’s head toward the mother’s nipple.
2, mouth milk link
Once the baby opens its mouth wide, the baby will approach the mother. Mama does not want to bring her breast closer to the baby’s mouth, not to push the baby’s head toward the breast.
3. Examination of the convergence of mouth and milk.
Babies who correctly engage their nipples should have their lips protruding outwards (like the mouth of a fish) rather than retracting into their mouth. The mother also checks to see if the baby sucks on her lower lip. The mother pulls the lower lip to check if the baby sucks on her lower lip and tongue. If the baby sucks its tongue, the mother will stop sucking with her fingers and remove the nipple. To make sure that the baby is sucking the milk correctly rather than sucking the nipple ineffectively, the mother should carefully observe whether the baby has a continuous, powerful sucking, swallowing-breathing rhythm. Once the infant’s cheeks, chin, and ears are rhythmically coordinated, the mother can then experience the feeling of milk flowing out of the nipple and hear the baby’s swallowing (or intermittent coughing), which is a rhythmically consistent sign that the baby is sucking. Breastfeeding is not painful if the baby is in the right position to connect the nipples (except when the mother has chapped nipples or breast infections).
4, give your baby some breathing space.
After the baby joins the nipple, if the breast tissue obstructs the baby’s nostrils, the mother gently pressing down the breast surface tissue with her fingers can let the baby breathe freely, gently lifting the baby can also provide a little breathing space.
5. Stop sucking.
If the baby still refuses to loosen the mouth held on the nipple after sucking, the sudden pull at the meeting caused nipple damage. The first step is to stop the baby’s sucking. The mother’s way to stop the baby’s sucking is to insert a small amount of air into the baby’s mouth with her finger very carefully, and quickly and agilely place the finger between the baby’s upper and lower alveolar processes until the baby is released.
Everything is difficult at the beginning. As a mother, there are many difficulties at the beginning. But the new mother need not worry, the power of maternal love is great, all difficulties can be overcome, breastfeeding posture and skills will be easy to master!
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