Know the proper and correct way to give breast milk:
1. Carrying Position
When you hold your baby, you can position the baby’s head in the crook of your hand. One example, if you are going to give milk from your right breast, you can put your baby in the crook of the right elbow and also carry the buttocks in the palm of your right hand. Also pay attention to the direction of your baby so that his ears are in a straight line with the baby’s hands above. So that it can be concluded for those of you who will provide breast milk by holding your baby’s face, stomach and knees against your chest and stomach. Meanwhile, the hands seem to be hugging the mother’s body, making it easier for your baby to reach the breast.
2. Cross Carrying Position
In this position you can use your palms to support your baby. Of course, it is different from the carrying position which requires the baby’s head with the curve of the elbow to support it. So that if the mother is breastfeeding using the right breast, you can use the left hand to support your baby. Also give your baby a hug so that the baby’s head, chest and stomach can face you. Navigate the mouth of the nipple using your fingers and hands behind your head and under your baby’s ears. This position is right for you to use when your baby has difficulty holding the mouth to the nipple.
3. Position of Supporting the Head
In supporting the baby’s head using the palm of the hand while it is tucked under your hand as if holding a ball. Likewise, if you are breastfeeding with the right breast then you can hold the baby with your hands. The way you should know is to put the baby on the side, which is exactly under your hand, so try to face you. Allow your baby’s feet to stick back and the hands on the pillow in the lap. Point your baby’s mouth towards the nipple, starting at the chin must be done carefully.
4. Sleeping Position Side by side
You can put your baby on the bed, place a pillow under the head and shoulders between your knees using someone else’s help so that your back and hips are in a straight position. Make sure the baby’s face is facing you. If necessary you can use a small pillow under the head. So this position requires the baby not to straighten your baby’s neck to reach your nipple. Besides paying attention to your position in breastfeeding your baby. The correct position you choose will depend on your baby’s feeding style.
In addition, the position of breastfeeding is influenced by the habits of your baby, one example of an energetic baby is a baby who does not need a long time to get breast milk. This style of breastfeeding in babies tends to be in a hurry so that it requires care for the mother when giving breast milk. Some mothers even complain that nipples are sore due to hard and rough suction.
For those of you who have babies with this habit, you can breastfeed before your baby is hungry so that your baby is not too rushed when getting breast milk. Likewise, by giving breast milk, make sure your baby is in a half-standing position so that the heavy milk can flow directly into your baby’s stomach. Also make sure your baby burps so that it doesn’t swallow too much air.
Whereas for your baby who has the characteristics of a breastfeeder, it is marked by tasting the milk little by little then getting a break to rest and after that your baby will return to enjoying breast milk. Babies with this type can satisfy their thirst. Even while getting breast milk you will maintain eye contact with you as if you are enjoying the breast milk it is getting.
For those of you who have babies who enjoy breastfeeding, you have to be patient when giving breast milk because it takes longer to make them full. In choosing a position, you can use a special nursing pillow so you can avoid sore hands, neck and shoulders.
There are also babies who are very excited when getting breast milk, this is a sign that your baby is very enthusiastic even when your baby moves and makes a sound when getting breast milk. In babies with this type of breastfeeding, you must be able to calm down before your baby breastfeeds then take him for a moment to walk walk but don’t wait until your baby is hungry. You can choose the breastfeeding position by holding her back.
Furthermore, in babies who are often lazy in getting breast milk, babies often yawn and look bored when getting breast milk. This is what sometimes forces him to drink breast milk. In this condition, you should not give up breastfeeding, especially for those of you who are underweight. You can schedule breastfeeding so that it is more regular.
Finally, babies who have a calm, relaxed nature and are not in a hurry when getting breast milk. This pattern of breastfeeding your baby is a sip, then rest is followed by sucking, then two sips of rest, this process will continue until your baby is full. Therefore, in babies who have this type, you should be able to position them so that your baby is more concentrated while breastfeeding with an upright body. Before breastfeeding, you can gently pat the buttocks even if this type of baby sleeps not the right location, you should be able to sit up straight and your feet touch the floor.
Thus, for those of you who have now recognized your baby’s habits when getting breast milk, you can choose a good and correct position to support the smooth running of breast milk for your baby. Avoid feeling depressed when getting breast milk because it will hamper milk production.