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Best Position For Breastfeeding

 What's the Best Position for Breastfeeding?

The best position for you is the one where you and your baby are both comfortable and relaxed, and you don't have to strain to hold the position or keep nursing. Here are some common positions for breastfeeding your baby:

The best position for you is where you and your baby are both comfortable and relaxed, and you don't need to strain to hold or nursing the position. Here are some common positions for breastfeeding your baby:

Cradle Position- Place the side of your baby's head in the crook of your elbow with their whole body facing you. Keep your baby's tummy against your body so that they feel fully supported. Your other, "free" hand can wrap around to support your baby's head and neck -- or reach up to your baby's feet to support the lower back.

Football Position- To hold your baby's back with your forearm like a football, support the head and neck in your palm. It works best with newborns and young children. This is also a good position if you are recovering from a cesarean delivery and need to protect your belly from the pressure or weight of your baby.

Side-Lying Position- This position is great for feeding in bed at night. Side-lying also works well if you're recovering from an episiotomy, an incision to widen the vaginal opening during labor. Use a pillow under your head to rest. Then lie down beside your baby and use your free hand to lift your breast and nipple into your baby's mouth. Once your baby is "latched" correctly, support the head and neck with your free hand so that there is no twist or strain to continue feeding.

Cross-Cradle Hold- Sit straight in a comfortable chair that has armrests. Hold your baby on the bend of your arm that is opposite the breast you will use to feed them. Support their head with your hand. Bring your baby across your body so that your stomachs are facing each other. Use your other hand to hold your breast in a U-shaped grip. Bring your baby's mouth close to your breast and hold them near you, and don't lean forward.

Laid-Back Position- This condition, also called organic nutrition, sounds a lot like this. This is to tap into the natural tendency of you and your baby to breastfeed. Lean back on a couch or bed, but not flat. Give good support to your head and shoulders. Hold your baby in such a way that your entire front touches. As long as your baby's cheek is close to your breast, let your baby do the position he feels comfortable in. Help your baby feed when needed.



How To Get Your Baby To 'Latch On' During Breastfeeding

Hold your baby in front of you, so that your baby is comfortable and doesn't have to bend his neck to feed. With one hand, cup your breast and gently stroke your baby's lower lip with your nipple. Your baby's instinctive reflex would be to open the mouth wide. Supporting your baby's neck with your hand, bring the mouth closer to your nipple, trying to center your nipple in the mouth above the tongue.

When both of your lips are covered outwards around your nipple, you will know that your baby is "engaged" correctly. Your baby's entire nipple and most of the areola, which is the dark color of the skin around your nipple, should be in his mouth. While you may feel a slight tingling or tingling, breastfeeding should not be painful. While you may feel a slight tingling or tingling, breastfeeding should not be painful. If your baby is not latched on correctly and is feeding with a smooth, comfortable rhythm, gently press your pinky between your baby's gums to break up the suction, remove your nipple, and Try again. Good "latching on" helps prevent sore throat.


Tips For New Breastfeeding Moms


Some things help you to prepare for breastfeeding: 

Get regular prenatal care to help you avoid preterm birth.

  • Tell your doctor you plan to breastfeed and ask what support the facility you plan to deliver in offers to help you breastfeed after birth.
  • Take a breastfeeding class.
  • Ask your doctor to connect you with a lactation consultant, who can teach you breastfeeding basics and help you if have issues.
  • Talk to your doctor about any health conditions you have or medications you take that could interfere with breastfeeding.
  • Tell your doctor and hospital health care providers that you want to breastfeed as soon as possible after delivery.
  • Talk to friends who breastfeed or join a support group for breastfeeding.
  • Stock up on the supplies you need for breastfeeding, such as nursing bras and other items.



ABCs Of Breastfeeding


These tips, called the ABCs of breastfeeding, will help you and your baby get comfortable with the process:

Awareness 

Pay attention to your baby's signs of hunger and breastfeed your baby whenever he is hungry. This is called "on demand" feeding. In the first few weeks, you may be nursing eight to 12 times every 24 hours. Hungry babies move their hands toward their mouths, make sucking or mouth movements, or move toward your breast. Don't wait for your baby to cry. This is a sign that they are very hungry.

Be Patient 

Breastfeed as long as your baby wants to feed each time. Don't be in a hurry to feed your baby. Babies usually breastfeed for 10 to 20 minutes on each breast.

Comfort 

This is key. Relax while you're breastfeeding, and your milk is more likely to be "frustrated" and runny. Rest with pillows to support your arms, head and neck, and a footrest to support your legs and feet before you start breastfeeding.


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