10 POWERFUL Breastfeeding Techniques
Breastfeeding techniques are quite strange to most mothers. There is actually no fundamentally incorrect or correct breastfeeding technique. But sometimes, following some laid modalities that are scientifically proven can go a long way in ensuring a more palatable suckling for the baby.
In this article I will discuss the top ten powerful breastfeeding techniques that you can choose from and why they were developed. I will also tell you the suitable breastfeeding techniques for different situations.
1. Dancer Hand Nursing Position
This breastfeeding technique is very essentially for mothers whose babies are having difficulties in latching. In this method, you stabilize the baby’s head, and cup the breast in your hand while you breastfeed the child.
For examples, babies that have Downs syndrome or premature babies, mostly benefit from this breastfeeding technique.
2. Double Rugby Ball Hold Breastfeeding Technique
In double rugby ball position, the two breast are in use at the same time. This is suitable for twins. The babies latch at the same time, while the mother can have her hands free. This can also be applied after a caesarian section to avoid putting pressure on the mothers tummy that is already containing a wound. Double rugby is quite a comfortable breastfeeding technique for twin babies and Caesarian sections.
3. Sling Breastfeeding Technique
In Breastfeeding with a sling, the baby is tied using a piece of cloth or any other comfy material to stabilize the baby to the chest region and allowed to fend for themselves. There are also designed slings for this purpose. This allows the mother to put the other two hands to another use, like doing chores or looking after older children.
4. Dangle Breastfeeding Position
In dangle breastfeeding technique, the baby lies on her back while the mother lies on all fours over the baby and allows the breast to dangle over the baby’s lips who in turn grasps the breast and starts doing the needful.
Even with trying it out, this must be an interesting position / technique.-:)
5. Koala Hold aka Upright Breastfeeding Technique
In koala hold or upright position, the baby sits on your lapse or hip and feeds with the head and trunk in upright position. Babies who can sit without support will benefit from this position.
6. Laid-Back Breastfeeding Technique
In laid-back position, the mother lies on her back while the baby lies on her tummy with the baby’s tummy touching her own, and the baby’s head on the chest
Before embarking on this breastfeeding technique do make sure that you are relaxed in a soft material so that you won’t have your back aching you after sometime warranting you to disrupt the breastfeeding process.
7. Side-Lying Breastfeeding Technique
This breastfeeding position is quite helpful for mothers with abdominal injuries like/after caesarian section. In this technique, the baby is made to lie on the right hand side while you also lie on the tour left hand side, or you lie on the right hand side while the baby lies on the left side. The aim is that you face each other while the baby lacthes.
8. Rugby Ball Hold Technique
In Rugby ball hold breastfeeding technique. The baby is held on the side like the a rugby ball. For those that watch the game of rugby, this is self self explanatory. But for people that do not like the game of rugby like myself, I would rather use pictures to demonstrate this breastfeeding technique.
9. Cross-Cradle Breastfeeding Technique
In cross-cradle breastfeeding method, the mother is relaxed on a sofa or any comfortable sitting position. The baby lies horizontally across the trunk, while the mother supports the baby’s hip and head with one hand, and holds the breast with the other hand.
If the baby is feeding on left breast, support the head and hip with the right hand and the feeding left breast with left hand. If the baby is feeding on the right breast, support the head and hip with the left hand and the feeding right breast with the right hand. This is where the name cross cradle originated, as opposed to cradle.
10. Cradle Breastfeeding Technique
The cradle method is quite traditional to most mothers. They practise it without even knowing the science behind it, probably due to the comforts and bond it gives.
Cradle breastfeeding technique is almost the same with cross cradle. The difference is that you switch both hands. Unlike in cross cradle, the feeding breast is held with the hand of the opposite side of the body, while the baby’s hip and head is supported with the hand of the same side with the feeding breast.
That is, if the baby is feeding on the right breast, support the hip and head of the baby with right hand and hold the feeding right breast with left hand. If the baby is feeding on the left breast, support the hip and head with the left hand and the feeding left breast with the right hand. I hope this is very clear.
In conclusion, there is no right or wrong technique. All that matters is the comfort of the baby and mother and also to make sure the milk gets into the baby. But some techniques might be wrong in some situations. For example, after CS, you wouldn’t want to put pressure on the surgically created wound. If you have problems with breastfeeding or breastfeeding techniques kindly see your Doctor.
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