Producing milk is from nature but delivering it to the tiny bellies takes a bit of knowledge and loads of practice. The first attempts are always haphazard for new mothers and babies. But you can make it less tiring by learning the best nursing positions and how to get baby to latch deeper! It can also prevent nipple cracking and soreness along with other breastfeeding problems. With a little practice, soon you will discover that which breastfeeding position works best for you. It will need lots of patience but it is worth the effort because you and your baby will spend hours breastfeeding every day probably for the next two years.
There are plenty of breastfeeding/nursing positions you may try and stick to what suits you and your baby. I’m going to list down a few.
Why it is important to learn appropriate latching techniques?
If your baby latches correctly, he can more easily empty your breasts. The efficient removal of breast milk from your breasts is important for both the mother and the baby. It helps your baby to get sufficient milk required for growth and make him strong while it allows your body to produce more milk and maintain supply.
If your baby doesn’t latch well, it can lead to several breastfeeding issues. Your baby may not get enough milk, gain weight slowly or even lose weight in the worst cases. For mothers, it can lead to developing painful conditions such as plugged ducts, engorged breasts or mastitis. It can also cause low milk supply.
How to get baby to latch deeper?
I just love those tiny hands coming in the way of breastfeeding
We have such a love and hate relationship with those cute sweet-smelling hands. When it’s time to breastfeed, those annoying little clawing paws won’t get out of the way of breastfeeding. These small hands are like defensive linemen, blocking any entry to the baby’s mouth.
What should a mom do if her baby is crying to eat but these tiny hands are blocking any chance she has to feed him/her?
- Do not try to wrap or swaddle your baby’s hands while breastfeeding. It can disorient him. Think about if you want to eat with your hands tied behind your back, you would most probably feel clumsy and off-centered. Just like we adults need our hands in front of us, similarly, babies need their hands to keep them calm.
- Allow your baby to suck on his fingers to calm himself. When he’s moving his hands, he’s already at the restaurant and ready to take feed.
- If you have cracked or sore nipples, the thoughts of your baby clawing them makes you panic, try laid-back position and keep baby’s face touching your breasts.
I hope today’s blog post helps many new mothers struggling with issues related to nursing positions and accurate latch. Please drop down your feedback into the comments section and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.