6 fantastic tips for effective and healthy breastfeeding
1) Sit comfortably
Choose a comfortable chair with armrests and use cushions – more than one if you wish – to help support your back and arms. (Most sofas are not strong enough to sit during breastfeeding).
Put some under your feet too, to avoid leaning towards your baby. A footrest, a coffee table or a stack of books works just as well. A cushion or a folded reception blanket on your lap can also prevent you from hurting yourself.
Whatever breastfeeding position you use, be sure to bring your baby to your breast rather than the other way around.
2) Make sure your breasts are well supported
Your breasts are bigger and heavier during lactation. Use your free hand to support your breast so that your thumb and forefinger form a “C” or V (support your breast between your spread index and middle finger).
Note: It is important to keep your fingers at least 2 pounds behind the nipple and areola so your baby will not suck them.
3) Install your baby comfortably
Feeling comfortable and safe will help your baby to settle well. Use your arm, more pillows or a folded blanket, to support your baby’s head, neck, back and hips and keep them in a straight line.
You can wrap it in warm clothing or hold its sides to facilitate breastfeeding.
4) Change your routine
Experiment to find a sitting position for breastfeeding that you find most comfortable. Many women find that the best way to avoid clogged milk canals is to regularly alternate breastfeeding positions. Because each change puts pressure on a different part of your breast, you can avoid getting pain too.
Another tip: if you alternate the breast with each diet, you will stimulate milk production.
5) Relax and breastfeed your baby
Breathe deeply, close your eyes and think of peaceful and soothing things. Keep a large glass of water, milk, or fresh juice to drink while you are breastfeeding – staying hydrated will help you produce milk.
6) How to know that the baby has been fed enough
Ideally, your baby will decide that he has enough when he pushes one or both breasts. If you need to change your baby’s position, move it to the other breast, or finish feeding for any reason, gently insert your finger into the corner of your mouth.
A quiet “burp” means that you have broken the suction (which can be remarkably loud!), And you can push it aside.