Breastfeeding seems easy at first but it is not. The hardest thing is you baby at breastfeeding to give. If the application is not done properly, this can cause many problems such as nipple gaps, chest inflammation, your baby does not grow well or pain during feeding. It is extremely important that you put your child properly. How you can do that read and see in this blog.
Posture your posture for the first time
There are various attitudes that you can adopt when you start feeding. Are you going to breastfeed your newborn baby for the first time, then it is wise not to take the hardest position. The first 2 to 6 weeks after birth it is mainly practice. For you and for your baby. The most common posture is the posture where you sit upright or you feed your baby.
If it is possible, it is good to feed the first times with bare-chested so that you and your child have wonderful skin on skin contact. Make sure you have good support in your back and under your arm. Then place your baby with his or her belly against your belly.
Is it possible to feed your baby after delivery? Then put your baby on your bare stomach first. After about 20 to 30 minutes your baby's stomach will begin to grow so that your baby starts to search a bit and then suck on the hands. When you see this, you can gently press against the soles of your baby so that it creeps up towards your chest. You know that your baby is ready and you can try to build.
If your baby is hungry, it is wise to breastfeed as soon as possible. It is best to be crying for. So pay attention to any hunger signals from your baby (smacking, sucking on hands, searching with an open mouth). Then follow the steps below to make sure your baby is perfect:
- Sit in a posture that feels relaxing for you.
- Make sure you can sit / hang / lie in this posture for a while.
- Provide good support.
- Put your baby with his or her belly against your belly.
- The head, neck in one line and the belly really flat against your belly.
- Support your baby in the neck, back and hip with your forearm. Not behind the head (or only very loosely).
- Put the head to your breast, your nipple at the level of the nose not the mouth.
- Gently brush your nipple over the upper lip. If it's okay, your baby has the tendency to tilt the head slightly backwards.
- If your baby pushes the little chin against your chest and then takes a big bite it's okay.
- Do you see that your baby opens the mouth and sticks out the tongue? Then it's time to take your baby to you.
- You do this with the arm that supports your baby. You push in the back. Never push the head.
- Stimulate your child by 'snapping'. So make a big bite with your mouth at the moment your baby has to go.
- Stimulate your child by making sure the little chin comes against your chest (belly against stomach, pulling baby towards you by pushing between the shoulder blades).
Bringing a baby to breastfeeding seems easy, but it is not.
Baby laying does not work
It is not strange when construction is difficult at first. If your baby does not want to eat properly, first touch the upper lip with your nipple and push firmly between the shoulder blades so that the chin comes against your chest. You do not have to push the little chin down. In this video about laying babies for breastfeeding, you can clearly see how you can do this. If it still does not work, turn on a lactation consultant as soon as possible.
Baby laying video
If you watch YouTube, you will see various videos that explain how a baby is working during breastfeeding. Take a look at this and go through the steps in 'Getting a baby better'. If it does not work in a certain position, you can try a different attitude.
Here you see the 5 different postures for breastfeeding.
Checklist of the baby when breastfeeding
How do you know if the baby has gone well when breastfeeding? Here is a small checklist:
- The little chin is against your chest.
- The nose is free.
- The lips are nicely curled outwards.
- A large part of your areola is in the mouth. Especially the bottom has 'disappeared'.
- You see a small piece of tongue under the lower lip.
- The baby has cute round cheeks.
- You hear a ringing sound, your baby is drinking!
- The jaws and ears move at a regular pace.