What We Talk About at Every Breastfeeding Group
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I ran breastfeeding support groups for years. And here are some common issues that I would cover with breastfeeding moms. There's a chance that one of these may be helpful to you or someone you know, so we will be addressing them in this blog post.
Try the cross cradle position instead of the cross cradle. If you're nursing in the cradle position, I highly recommend using the cross cradle instead. The cross cradle breastfeeding position gets baby closer to your baby; allows you to have more control over the neck/head (easier to position baby better for a good latch); and reduces the chances of wiggly baby unlatching on and off.
Yes, feed baby on demand, but also be mindful of how often baby feeds. There are babies that don't demand breastmilk, but still need it. These babies can often go 4-5 hours between a feeding and then will do small feedings other times or feed often during the nighttime. A lot of times in our group, these babies will also have weight gain issues.
Consider nursing baby every 2 hours from the time of the beginning of the last feeding. Also, accept there are times you'll feed more often in between those two hours. This gets sufficient breastmilk to your baby; maintains breastmilk supply; decreases the chances of baby waking up at night often to do "make up feedings"; and increases touch for your baby (a strong developmental need).
Get a Good Latch, Every Single Time
Source: North York General (it is surprisingly very hard to find a picture online of a GOOD latch, so I can see why correcting latches is something we do weekly).
It's easy to get a little relaxed about making sure that baby has a good latch each and every feed. But, I highly encourage you to continue to be vigilant about a good latch, throughout your breastfeeding journey. Ideally, your nipple should point somewhere between the tip of baby's nose and the upper lip. Baby's head should tilt back slightly, as her mouth opens and her tongue comes forward over the gum (but not necessarily over the lip). At this point, mother should quickly latch baby to the breast.
How to Know It's a Good Latch
There should be no clicking sounds from baby as she sucks, no cheek indentations and no milk escaping from the side of the mouth. The bottom lip should flange on the breast. And the top lip should not be pulled inward. If baby is not latched on correctly, gently unlatch baby and try again. If you start the breastfeeding session as soon as baby gives you sign of hunger, you will have time to correct the latch without baby getting irritated. Make sure though, that you start as soon as baby gives you sign of hunger.
I hope these tips help you in breastfeeding your baby.
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