It is important to take time to ensure that your baby is properly latched on before you start feeding because you could develop a sore nipple if breastfeeding is done in a wrong way.
Here are few guides to proper breastfeeding:
- Sit up in bed, in a comfortable armchair, or in a rocking chair with your feet flat on the floor or in a stool to bring your knees up.
- Make sure that your back is properly supported, pillows are a must. Use them as a support behind your back, your elbow or your lap to support the baby.
- Position your baby at your breast level and hold him with his nose and mouth facing your nipple. Also holding your baby tummy to tummy is a comfortable position for both of you as this will help the baby to latch on properly. Lying side by side is ideal and recommended for mother’s who went a caesarean section.
- Once your baby opens his mouth wide, bring him to the breast and ensure that he takes all of the nipple and the areola into his mouth. The areola is the black part surrounding the nipple.
- If the baby is not latching well, try removing him from the breast by inserting your finger into the corner of his mouth to break the seal and repeat step 4.
Remember that a baby that is properly latched on has his mouth wide open,
with the whole areola in his mouth. You should also be relaxed and make
sure that none of your muscles is straining. Breast feeding will help you to
be close with your baby physically and emotionally.
Enjoy breastfeeding mommies!