When it comes to that special bond between a mother and her new born infant, breastfeeding will only bring the two of you closer together. Making it well worth taking the time to feed your baby in this manner. Not only is breastfeeding beneficial to you and your child’s health, this will also help to create a friend forever.
Studies have shown that breast milk helps to fight a wide range of diseases like:
- Sugar Diabetes
- Childhood Obesity
- Various Forms of Meningitis
- Ear Infections
- Acid Reflux and Digestive Problems, Including Constipation
- Asthma and Other Upper Respiratory Issues
Please, keep in mind that breastfeeding is can be a bit tricky at first, but with time and perseverance will become comfortable with it.
Prior to beginning the breastfeeding process, read as much literature as possible to get better informed. You also want to try feeding your baby at the first sign that they’re hungry. This will prevent any undue frustration from occurring. There are three basic holding positions that work best while breastfeeding your bundle of joy: The Football Cuddle, The Baby Cradle Hold, Simple Side Lay, and the heart crossover hold. These simple holding positions tend to be the most effective when breastfeeding. However, they might not be ideal for every mom, so try them all out until you find one that feels the best.
The Football Cuddle
This is a comfortable position for new mothers to breastfeed. Especially, those suffering from stomach pain and cramping. Such as, moms who’ve recently had a caesarian birth delivery. The football cuddle provides the mother with a comfortable position that’s easier for her baby to latch on.
The Baby Cradle Hold
This hold requires you to put the baby’s tummy facing your own. It ensures that the spine will be straightly aligned. However, when unsure about the holding position, you can either check it out in the mirror or have someone to see for themselves.
You do not need to worry about supporting the baby’s head during their feeding time. After your baby has started to eat and is settled in comfortably, you can leave the other hand free. The arm in which you’re using to feed baby with should be used to cradle their head in its elbow section with your forearm along the baby’s back.
Simple Side Lay
The main goal of this position is keeping your back and hips perfectly aligned. Face him or her towards yourself, drawing them in closely and taking the hand of your arm, which is on the bottom to help support that precious little head of theirs. You can also cradle his or her head with your top arm as well. Placing the other one behind your own head and keeping it from getting in the way. If you have a small baby that seems to be having a difficult time attaching to your breast, then try using a pillow or soft blanket to prop up their head. Your baby shouldn’t have to strain in order to reach your nipple, just as you don’t want to be bending down towards them as well.
Furthermore, because having a c-section tends to make a woman very sore and uncomfortable it might be better to try laying down while breastfeeding.
Heart Crossover Hold
Dubbed the heart crossover hold, unlike the baby cradle hold does not require you to support the baby’s head in the crook of your arm. Instead, you switch from one arm to the other in order to keep them from getting strained. When baby is feeding on the left side breast, use your right hand to hold and support the baby’s body. Rotating his or her small frame to directly face their belly and chest with you. Place your fingers and thumb at the back of your baby’s head just below the ears, guiding their mouth onto the breast.
This hold is ideal for tiny babies along with infants who’ve difficulty latching onto your breast.