8 Best Ways to Breastfeed your child PROPERLY
Breastfeeding is far beyond puting a child on the breast. There are ways to do it and do it properly. These are what I am going to tell you in this article – the top 8 best proper ways to breastfeed your baby.
1. Let the Upper lip touch the nipple first
In putting the child to the breast , do not just slot in the nipple into the mouth of the baby. Let the upper lip first caress the nipple of the breast, then the baby will on their own hop the nipple into their mouths. In that way, the baby’s Brain is being made to recognise the breast and its feelings. That contributes to the development of the brain too.
2. Let their be more visible Areola above the Nipple than below
The areola is the darkish area surrounding the nipple.
When the baby is suckling, let there be more visible areola above the nipple than below the nipple. That way, the breast milk is directed into the mouth better.
3. The Baby’s mouth should be wide open
During breastfeeding , the mouth of the baby should be open enough to contain the entire nipple and essentially the areola should be inside the mouth.
Watch the two images below and compare the sizes of the mouth in the two.
4. The Chin should be seen touching or almost touching the breast
When breastfeeding your baby, do not just concentrate on the milk entering the mouth. The chin should been touching the breast, this helps the baby to attach well to the breast/mother.
5. Breastfeed for at least 15mins on Each breast
During breastfeeding you have to make sure, that you have at least 30mins to spare. You must spend at least 15mins on each breast. This is so that the baby would get the nutritive content of the breast. The initial milk that come out are not as nutritive enough as the terminal breast milk. So the baby must stay on the breast for a sizeable amount of time. And 15mins on each breast is a fair enough.
Remember you have to breastfeed from both breasts.
6. The Baby’s head should tilt outwards
Do not suffocate the baby during breastfeeding by making sure the head is buried deep into the breast tissue, No. Give room for between breast and the baby’s face. Only the mouth and the chin should be touching the breast. The rest of the face should tilt outward a little and admire the breasts.
7. The Lower lip should be curled outward during breastfeeding
This helps to drive in the milk into the mouth. The lower lip as in the picture below should curl outward covering the lower part of the areola.
8. Enough Body Contact Between the baby and the mother
During the breastfeeding process, there should be good body contact between the body of the baby and the mother’s body. This makes the feeding experience worth while for the baby as well as promoting bonding between the two.
In conclusion, practising these 8 tips is going to change your breastfeeding lifestyle and help your baby grow well.
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