Most breastfeeding women think that there is nothing to learn about breastfeeding because it is a natural act. This is more than just feeding babies with breast milk. There are other things involved in that action. But experience shows that some mothers don’t know how to breastfeed the best or how to breastfeed their babies. Indeed, there is much to be learned about this. Below are some tips for following how to breastfeed.
The first thing you should know about feeding your baby is your position. The actual position is not important as long as you feel comfortable and do not pose a threat to your baby. You can lie down or sit or even stand up. Any position is fine if you can feed your baby comfortably.
Knowing how to lock is very important in breastfeeding. Associate the relationship with the relationship between your baby’s breast and mouth. Here are some tips for applying the hook properly.
Use pillows to support your baby to give freedom to your hands and also to bear the baby’s weight comfortably.
Help your baby to take breast milk by mouth by bringing the baby closer to the breast so that the lips can touch your nipples.
Help the baby to breastfeed enough milk by pressing your breasts.
Measuring your success
You will be able to know when you have successfully helped your baby suckle properly. Feeling the sensation of pulling on the baby’s suctioned breast indicates that the baby is locked properly. If it seems the baby is biting or pinching your nipples, then you haven’t got it. The baby is not locked properly.
Before you start breastfeeding your baby, it is normal if your breasts feel thicker and tighter. However, it will soften after eating; this indicates that the baby is sucking enough milk. You can find out if your baby is feeding very well from feces. Feeding baby stools must be worn, loose and yellowish.
Weaning your baby
Here are some steps to follow when weaning your baby.
Weaning at the right time (six months after birth is okay but you can extend as you like)
Don’t wean when your child feels bad
Introduce changes gradually and do not rush into the weaning process
Replace breast milk with iron-fortified foods or baby formula
All about giving the right breast milk not only lets your baby suckle. This is why you need an expert guide.