It is essential for nursing mothers to know the different breastfeeding positions and how to get the baby to latch on to her while feeding.
Each mother and her infant will have specific kinds of needs, which is the reason why one nursing style may not suit everyone. There is a wide range of breastfeeding positions to try and pick as per the comfort level of the mother and infant
It is smarter to change breastfeeding positions every once in a while, to permit the mother’s breast to wholly empty and avoid any sort of breast infection.
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The Cradle Hold
As the name suggests, position the infant so that their head rests in the twist of the mother’s elbow or the arm as she will breastfeed, with the hand on that side supporting the remaining of the body.
Cup the breast with the other hand, putting the thumb above nipple and areola at the spot where the infant’s nose contacts the chest.
The nipple ought to be at the place where the infant’s jawline will reach the breast. Softly compress the breast with the goal that the areola focuses marginally toward the infant’s nose. The baby is now prepared to latch
The Cross Cradle Hold
This is a very comfortable position for the first time breastfeeding mothers. Sit upright in a comfortable seat with armrests.
Hold the infant’s head with the hand inverse to the breast from which the infant will be breastfed. That is if nursing from the right breast, hold the head with the left hand.
The mother should rest her wrist between the baby’s shoulder blades, keep her thumb behind one ear and other fingers behind the other ear. Using the free hand, cup the breast in the same method as the cradle hold.
The Football Hold
Famously known as the clutch hold, this position is particularly valuable if the mother has had a C-section and needs to abstain from putting the baby against her mid-region or the infant is small or preterm.
It might be a simple position to opt for because it keeps the infant’s weight off the mid-region. With the mother’s elbow bowed, she should hold the infant close to her level with her abdomen.
She should support the infant’s head with an open hand and face the infant towards her breast.
The baby’s back will lie on the mother’s lower arm, much like holding a clutch pack or a football. Hold up the chest with the other hand in a c-shape.
This position is the most preferred choice when the mother is breastfeeding at night. Both the mother and her child should lie on their sides, belly to belly, utilizing the hand that is free to cup the breast while feeding her baby.
While attempting this position, there should be no excess bedding around the newborn child that could cause a risk of suffocation.
For this position, lie back and place the infant’s belly on the mother’s belly. Gravity secures the infant’s body safely against the mother’s. This position may assist the child with latching on appropriately and suck profoundly with less exertion.
This position could be utilized from the first breastfeeding onwards as it would be useful if the mother is nursing a preterm baby, twins, or an infant who has a latching problem.
After each feeding and burping, return the infant to her crib and try to put the infant on her back for rest. It is crucial to avoid delicate rest surfaces, free sheet materials, and spots where the infant can fall or get caught in between, such as a bed and a divider.
How to make the baby latch on to the breast?
In the initial days, place the infant skin to skin on the mother’s chest. The child will skip her head and attempt to push herself towards the breast. When she arrives at the areola, she will hook onto it and begin nursing.
It’s imperative to get the child to latch on accurately to the breast. If she has not latched on effectively, the mother may get sore areolas, and the infant probably won’t get a lot of milk as required.
To get a good latch:
- Put the infant in one of the five positions portrayed previously. With the mother’s other hand, hold up the breast with the fingers under the breast and thumb on top (C-hold), or turn the hand into a U-hold with the fingers and thumb on either side of the chest. Straighten the breast among thumb and fingers to make it simpler for the infant to bring the areola into her mouth.
- Turn the infant’s body, so she is facing the mother’s breast. Softly contact the child’s upper lip with the areola. Her common “establishing reflex” will make her open her mouth. The mother may need to contact the child’s lip a few times until she opens wide like a yawn.
- When the infant opens her mouth wide, move her body, and head together to bring her onto the mother’s breast. Bring her lower jaw to the chest first, with more of the areola appearing at the top than at the base. Ensure the child has a decent hang on the areola just as the underside of the nipple. Never let the child suck only the areola. This will be uneasy for the mother, and the infant won’t get enough milk. Continue supporting the breast while the child feeds with the goal that the nipple and areola don’t get pulled out of the infant’s mouth.
- Ensure that the child’s nose isn’t squeezed into the breast since that would choke out the infant. On the off chance that the chest is obstructing the infant’s nose, pull her lower body nearer to the mother’s body. This should move her nose away while keeping her jawline squeezed against the breast.
- If the child doesn’t hook on well, take her off from the mother’s breast by sliding the finger into the infant’s mouth and pushing down on the chest. This will break the contact. At that point, attempt once more.
Nursing after a C-Section
- The lying-down position might be more comfortable for breastfeeding after the mother has had a C-section. The hospital caretakers would assist her with changing from side to side.
- She can likewise utilize the football hold since it shields the child from pushing on the mother’s tummy.
- If she feeds utilizing the cradle or cross-cradle positions, put a pad on her lap to ensure her midsection is safe.
Nursing premature infants
- The football or cross-cradle holds work best for preterm infants.
- If the child’s nursing reflex is feeble, the mother can increase the milk stream by quickly pressing her breast between her thumb and fingers. She doesn’t need to press continually.
- Smply press and discharge with consistent stretches. The child would begin sucking again when the pressing gives her additional milk.
- The mother can utilize the football hold with cushions under her arm to help the infants. Using pads will assist her with freeing the hands.
- She can likewise utilize the cradle or cross-cradle hold and have the infants’ legs crossed.
- She could even join holds like utilizing the cradle hold for one infant while the other with the football hold.
Breastfeeding Positions to Avoid
Always make sure to stay away from specific positions that can be difficult for both the mother and her infant
- Bending over the baby
- Keeping the infant’s body and head facing different directions
- Having the infant’s body away from the breast
The breastfeeding experience is unique for each mother. It tends to be one of the most testing but rewarding experiences for all mothers.
As one turns out to be increasingly used to breastfeeding her infant, she can attempt various positions.
She should try the various holds until she can discover that one position that lets her infant feed effectively and makes her feel good.
The mother and her child will find that nursing can be an unwinding and an incredible method to bond.
Please consult a lactation specialist or a clinical expert for any queries concerning breastfeeding and milk discharge.
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