There Are Multiple Ways To Breastfeed
Best practices in breastfeeding tend to result in better latching, and better nursing overall. As it turns out, breastfeeding isn’t just the best possible way to nurture your newborn child, it’s also one of the healthiest things you can do as a mother. Breastfeeding helps your body return to its normal shape, and is additionally of psychological benefit in deferring depression.
For your child, there is no better nourishment than mother’s milk—at least until they’re about six months old. Experts say breastfeeding is healthy up until a child reaches about two years of age. And, while physical feeding may be a bit of an undertaking for mothers over the course of two years, there are always breast pump options you can explore.
But that’s all a way down the line if you’ve just given birth. For mothers now cradling their newborn child in their arms, the immediate concern is nurturing that infant into strength. Part of getting there will involve the sort of breastfeeding positions you use with your child. There’s more than one position—in fact, there are quite a few. We’ll go over some relevant tips here.
1. See How The Baby Naturally Configures Himself
All babies are different. For most mothers, the firstborn child tends to be the easiest and hardest at the same time. By the third or fourth child, a mother tends to have “the hang of it”, as the saying goes. But that first child could be difficult to deal with in terms of basic breastfeeding. If you’ve never fed a child this way before, it can be confusing.
However, there are some situations where the child and mother have a sort of emotional synergy which makes breastfeeding an easy, natural transition after birth. It will depend on the mother, and it will depend on the child. Whatever natural position is conducive to the baby’s nursing is probably the one to go with should this situation describe your newborn.
2. Explore Tips From Lactation Professionals
However, it’s a lot more likely when your baby is born that latching will be a bit of an issue. Much of the issue will do with how you hold the child. Cradling the infant in front of you so their head is naturally positioned in reference to your breasts can make feeding easy.
There are also “football holds” and those which involve lying on your side. For more information on good latch breastfeeding, check the link.
3. Try These Common Breastfeeding Positions
Medela.com specifies eleven different breastfeeding positions you can try to get the balance right. There isn’t enough space to detail them all here, but they can be listed. They include the laid-back or reclined position, the cradle hold, cross-cradle hold, rugby ball (or football) hold, side position, dangle feeding, and more.
More Efficiently Nursing Your Child
Your baby may naturally latch on in a position that’s conducive to breastfeeding overall. If that’s the case, excellent! You’ve saved yourself a lot of trouble. However, for many mothers, this isn’t what happens, and they end up exploring latching tips from lactation professionals to assure they hold their newborn in the best possible way.
Prior contacting lactation professionals, it can be worthwhile to explore varying positions that are known to be conducive to breastfeeding.
Remember, nurturing your child with the milk of your breasts is something that has characterized motherhood since humans were humans. There are remedies out there for just about any situation, so don’t lose help if you’re having trouble at first.