Breastfeeding looks like a simple and easy process, but it is different for every mother. Sometimes, your baby will have difficulties latching on to your nipple and you can get so uncomfortable as it is a long process. If this is your first time breastfeeding, do expect these problems but don’t be too worried because it’s totally normal to be clumsy for your first time.
So, the things that you need to learn to find the best way to breastfeed your baby includes breastfeeding positions and how to help your baby to latch. This article will teach you everything!
- Cradle hold
To do this, you need to:
- Hold and make sure your baby has their head rests in the bend of your elbow on the side you’ll be breastfeeding while supporting the rest of their body with your hand.
- Cup your breast with your other hand, placing your thumb above your nipple and areola until your breast will be in contact with your baby’s nose.
- Place your index finger at the spot where your baby’s chin will touch your breast.
- Gently press your breast so that the nipple points vaguely toward your baby’s nose.
- Your baby will be ready to latch.
- Crossover hold
To do this, you need to:
- Hold your baby’s head in the opposite hand from the breast from which you will be nursing. That is, if you nurse from your left breast, hold your baby’s head with your right hand.
- Place your wrist between your baby’s shoulder blades, your thumb behind one ear and your other fingers behind the other ear.
- Softly cradle the neck of your baby to allow him to move.
- Use your free hand to cup your breast similarly to the cradle hold.
- Clutch hold
It is mostly known as the football hold and is especially recommended if you have:
- Had a C-section or want to avoid your baby touching your abdomen area
- Large breasts
- A small or premature baby
To breastfeed your baby in this position, you need to:
- Hold your baby at your side, facing you, with their legs tucked under your arms (hence why it’s called football position!) on the same side of the breast you’re nursing with.
- Support your baby’s head with the same hand.
- Use your other hand to cup your breast like the cradle hold.
Tips To Get A Proper Latch
- Gently stroke baby’s lips with your nipple
This should cause your baby to open his mouth wide, similar to a yawn. Furthermore, it will help to prevent the lower lip from getting tucked in when you are nursing. If your baby turns away when you do this, gently stroke the cheek on the side closest to you. The baby will immediately turn back toward your breast.
- Make sure that your breast isn’t blocking your baby’s nose
Once you feel your baby is latched on your nipple, you can lightly depress your breast with your finger to keep it away from your baby’s nose. Gently cradle his head around the neck, and don’t hold his head. You can also elevate your baby a bit to offer a small breathing room. But, do it carefully to ensure he won’t lose his grip on the areola.
Now that you’ve read everything, I wish you the greatest luck for you to find the best way to breastfeed your baby and the greatest health for both of you!