Latching your baby on
1. Find a position that you find the most comfortable when latching your baby on.
2. Use your thumb on the opposite side of your breast on the upper side of the arelia, and the remaining four fingers to cup the lower side of the arelia to create 'C' shape.
3. Have your nipple touch the baby's mouth so that they open their mouth wider. As the baby does this, pull them closer to the nipple and the arelia and watch them nurse.
Breast Milk Substances
When your baby suckles your breast in the correct position, the upper and lower lips will turn over like a carp's mouth. Your baby's jaw and nose touch your breast and latches onto your arelia area deeply. He continues to suckle it deeply and regularly, and you will hear sounds of swallowing. As suckling continues, you will become used to the feeling of breastfeeding. When your baby suckles your breast in an incorrect position, your baby's head and body do not align in a straight line. Your baby will keep repeating the action of biting and suckling your nipple in a shallow and quick manner. When suckling your nipple, your baby's cheeks will sink, make sounds of smacking and regular swallowing is not heard. Position for feeding
- Put your baby's head in the bend of the arm in front of the breast and body on your knees.
- Place your back against a chair or a wall so that you don't bend forward or backward awkwardly, and sit up straight.
Hold the baby at your side
- Hold your baby in a parallel line with your arm.
- Hold your baby with one hand.
- You can move your baby from one breast to the other without changing the baby's position in your arms.
- You can adjust the head position of your baby.
- This may help babies who were born prematurely or are unable to latch onto the breast.
Lying down position
- Let your baby lie on the side while facing you.
- The baby's entire body should be wrapped around your body.
- You can take a rest while feeding in this position.
- Lying down while breastfeeding is recommended.
When you finish feeding and take your baby away from your breast, you must first stop your baby from suckling to not damage your sensitive breast tissues. If you take your baby away from your breast while he is still suckling it, your nipple will wear, causing a sore nipple. Thus, press the breast near your baby's mouth downward, pull his jaw downward and simply slip a finger in the corner of his mouth to gently break the suction. If you don't do this, you will cause yourself a lot of pain.
Making your baby burp
1. Sit your baby down on your lap or lay him straight on your shoulder. Stroke or lightly pat on his back.
2. Your baby's stomach is still premature and is different from an adult's. He may throw up a little milk when burping, but you don't have to worry about it. But if he clearly spouts, you need to consult with a doctor.
3. When he burps, it is recommended to put a clean towel beneath his face. Even if he rarely burps, it is okay as long as he swallows breast milk.
Until when should I continue breastfeeding?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the continuation of breastfeeding until your baby becomes 1 year old while the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommend breastfeeding until she becomes 2 years old. Still, if your baby wants it and you can keep breastfeeding, you are advised to continue breastfeeding even after your baby is over 2 years old.
When you stop breastfeeding, it should be done in a progressive manner. For example, cut down the frequency of breastfeeding, decrease the amount of milk or widen the intervals. When you reduce the frequency of breastfeeding, you may feel like the milk is filling up in your breast. In this case, do not milk them out completely, but do it in a way that feels comfortable to you.