BREAST FEEDING TECHNIQUES
Breast Feeding Techniques - 1
Breast Feeding Techniques - 1.
How do I begin
On the following
paragraphs I will try to give you as many techniques as
possible. Before starting I want to remind you
size of a woman’s breasts have nothing to do with her ability to produce milk.
Breast milk is produced by stimulation of the nipples from infant suckling,
regardless of breast size.
Use the following technique when you start.
free hand, put your thumb on top of your breast and your other fingers below.
Don't touch your areola (the dark skin around your nipple). This is where your
baby's lips will be.
Touch your baby's
lips with your nipple until your baby opens its mouth very wide.
Put your nipple all the way in your baby's mouth and pull your baby's body close
to you. This lets your baby's jaw squeeze the milk ducts under your areola.
Most babies are eager to suckle as soon as they
feel the nipple against their cheek. If the baby is not reacting or is too
sleepy, the suckle reflex can be stimulated by gently stroking the baby's cheek
and lips with the fingertips. The baby will then turn its head and search for
the nipple with an open mouth. Do not stroke both cheeks as it will confuse the
baby! The same sort of stimulation can be used if you find that the baby is
either drinking slowly or is falling asleep at the breast.
Let`s go to
another breast feeding technique. Your baby's nose may be touching your
breast during nursing. Babies' noses are designed
to allow air to get in and out in just such a case. But if you're concerned that
your baby can't breathe easily, you can gently press down on your breast near
your baby's nose to give him or her more room to breathe.
When your baby is "latched on" the right way, both lips should pout
out (not be pulled in over his or her gums) and cover nearly all of the areola.
Instead of smacking noises, your baby will make low-pitched swallowing noises.
Your baby's jaw may move back and forth. If you feel pain while your baby is
nursing, he or she is probably not latched on correctly.This breast feeding
technique is important.
are mums who for the first two weeks are terribly tense trying to hold her
tears due to the pain breast feeding gives her. The main reason this occurs is
because nobody has taught you the breast feeding techniques. Take this into
account...how your baby has to latch on your breast. If the
babies mouth covers all your areola ( the darker area surrounding the nipple)
and your nipple, and you comfortably put your baby on its side for one of the
correct breast feeding positions (with its tummy touching your tummy) you will
experience a really wonderful nursing. Do not allow
your baby to latch on only to your nipples. That brings pain on.
Breast Feeding Techniques - 2.
How should I hold my
baby while breastfeeding?
hold your baby in a number of ways. Your baby shouldn't have to turn his or her
head or strain his or her neck to nurse.
cradle position, you put your baby's head in the crook of your arm. Support
your baby's back and bottom with your arm and hand. Your baby will be lying
sideways facing you. Your breast should be right in front of your baby's face.
Hold the baby in your right
arm, pushing in the baby’s bottom with the side of your forearm
so that your hand turns palm upwards. This will help you support his body more
easily, and also bring the baby in from the correct direction so that he gets a
good latch. Your hand will be palm up under the baby’s face (not shoulder or
under his neck). The web between your thumb and index finger should be
behind the nape of his neck (not behind his head). The baby will be
almost horizontal across your body, with his head slight tilted backward, and
should be turned so that his chest, belly and thighs are against you with a
slight tilt so the baby can look at you. Hold the breast with your left
hand, with the thumb on top and the other fingers underneath, fairly far back
from the nipple and areola. The baby should be approaching the
breast with the head just slightly tilted backwards. The nipple then
automatically points to the roof of the baby's mouth.
football position consists of tucking your baby under your arm like a
football with his or her head resting on your hand. Support your baby's body
with your forearm. This may be a good position if you're recovering from a
cesarean section or if your baby is very small.
also lie on your side with your baby facing you. You can use pillows to
prop up your head and shoulders. This is also a good position if you're
recovering from a cesarean section or an episiotomy.
Breast Feeding Techniques - 3.
like sugar water/glucose/jaggery/ or honey before the first breastfeeding.
Some babies get confused when a bottle is given to them early on. Sugar
water offers little that is helpful and may make the baby not want to nurse.
Bottle milk given in the first few days can reduce both the baby's hunger
and the mother's milk.
Breast Feeding Techniques - 4.
Mum`s milk contains enough water.
Hence even in summer, an infant does not require water.
Breast Feeding Techniques - 5.
Supply and demand--the more the baby nurses, the more milk the mum will
Breast Feeding techniques - 6.
Delay use of plastic nipples.
So the baby does not get confused, wait a week or two after the baby is born
before giving him/her a pacifier. Plastic nipples require a different
sucking action than real ones.
Techniques - 7.
breast milk till the baby is 6 months old.
Breast Feeding Techniques - 8.
What is the let-down
A few seconds to
several minutes after you start breastfeeding, you may feel a tingle in
your breast, and milk may start to drip from the
breast not being used. These are signs that your
milk has "let-down." This means your milk is ready to flow.
reflex makes breast feeding easier for your baby.
Let-down may also occur if a feeding is overdue,
if you hear your baby cry or even if you think about your baby.
can be forceful enough to cause your baby to cough. If this is a problem, you
can express some of your milk by hand before a feeding to bring on the let-down
reflex before you start breastfeeding.
Breast Feeding Technique - 9.
How often should I
feed my baby?
Feed your baby as often as he or she wants to be
fed. This may be 8 to 12 times a day or more.
Don`t panic!!! How often your baby wants to feed may change over time as he or
she goes through growth spurts. Growth spurts occur at about 2 and 6 weeks of
age and again at about 3 and 6 months of age.
Let your baby
nurse until he or she is satisfied. This may be for about 15 to 20
minutes at each breast. Try to have your baby
nurse from both breasts at each feeding. The box below lists the signs to watch
for so you'll know your baby is getting enough milk. If you're nursing fewer
than 8 times a day, be especially aware of these signs.
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your baby is getting enough milk
baby wets six to eight nappies a day.
about 2 to 5 or more stools a day at first and then may have 2
or less a day. Stools will be runny at first.
baby drinks as often as every two to three hours (around 8-12
times a day).
weight constantly after the first 3 to 7 days after birth. Your
baby may lose a little weight during the first week after being
If the baby is gaining weight properly
and wets the right number of nappies every day
there is no need to worry, even
if he or she wants to be fed often. All babies are different and some have a
greater need for feeding and contact.
Many new mums are worried in case they don't have enough milk. The amount of
milk is not dependent on the size of your breasts, as both small and large
breasts contain almost the same amount of mammary glands. Only the fatty tissue
varies. On the other hand, it is important to believe in yourself and to
want to feed. Your body has the capability to feed, so if it is not a success it
is caused by outside factors.
Good Health While
breast-feed her baby, a mum needs to eat 500 extra calories each day while
she is nursing.
who are nursing should choose three to four servings of foods from the milk,
yogurt, and cheese group daily. Use the Food Guide Pyramid as a guide in
selecting healthy food choices.
caution if smoking, drinking, or taking pills. These things may pass into
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