Most nursing women erroneously think that there is nothing to learn about breast feeding since it is a natural act. It is much more than feeding the baby with breast milk. There are other things involved in the act. But experience has shown that some mothers do not know the best feeding manners or how to breast feed their babies. Indeed, there is a lot to learn about this. Below are some tips to follow-on how to breast feed.
The first thing you should know about feeding to your baby is your position. Position does not actually matter in so far as you are comfortable with it and it does not pose any threat to your baby. You can lie down or sit or even stand. Any position is OK if you are able to feed your baby comfortably.
Latching on properly
Knowing how to latch is very important in breast feeding. Latching on has to do with the relationship between your breast and the mouth of your baby. Here are some tips to apply in order to latch proper.
- Use a pillow to support your baby to allow some freedom to your hands and also to bear the weight of the baby comfortably.
- Help your baby to scoop in a mouthful of breast milk by bringing the baby closer to the breast allowing the lips to touch your nipples.
- Help the baby to suck enough breast milk by pressing your breast.
Gauging your success
You will be able to tell when you have successfully helped your baby to latch on properly. Feeling a pulling sensation on the breast the baby is sucking from shows that the baby is rightly latched. If it seems that the baby is biting or pinching you on the nipple, then you have not got it. The baby is not properly latched.
Before beginning to breast feed your baby, it is normal for your breast to feel fuller and firmer. However, it will soften after feeding; this indicates that the baby sucks enough milk. You can find out whether your baby feeds very well from the stool. The stool of a well fed baby should be seedy, loose and yellowish in color.
Weaning your baby
Here are some steps to follow when weaning your baby.
- Wean at the right time (six months after birth is okay but you can extend as you like)
- Don’t wean when your child is not feeling okay
- Introduce the change gradually and don’t rush the weaning process
- Replace breast milk with iron fortified food or baby formula
All about proper breast feeding is not just allowing your baby to suck your breast. This is why you need an expert guidance.