During feeding, it is advisable for the mother to create a quiet environment so that the baby feels comfortable and can breastfeed without any problem. You can caress her face or talk to her very sweetly. In the first few days, it is most common to breastfeed standing up or sitting in a chair with your back straight and with a nursing pillow to support the arm with which you hold the child. Over time, each mother will find the position that is most comfortable for her, but always bearing in mind that the child’s body must be in permanent contact with the mother’s (“belly to tummy”).
To make it easier for the baby to latch on to the mother’s chest, the correct position would be to place the child turned towards her, with his head and body in a straight line (without twisting his neck). In this position, her face will be facing your chest and her nose will be in front of your nipple. You just have to place the nipple on the child’s upper lip so that it latches on by itself. The nipple and approximately 1/3 of the areola should be inserted into the mouth.
The act of nursing a baby does not have to be painful. At the moment in which the mother notices discomfort and pain during suction, she should go to her pediatrician or midwife for advice on the best position.
Pacifier and bottle use
Within breastfeeding techniques, there is a big difference between sucking on a nipple from a bottle or sucking on the mother’s breast. In the first case, the milk flows much more fluidly than in the case of breast milk. It is recommended that, before feeding with bottles or teats, the baby has become accustomed to breastfeeding so as not to confuse him.
To know for sure if the baby is drinking the amount of milk necessary for its complete development, several aspects must be taken into account:
- The child should put 25 to 30 grams a day during the first three months of life and approximately 20 grams a day from three to six months.
- After feedings, the baby should be relaxed and sleep peacefully.
- They usually wet 6 or 8 diapers a day with urine
- The baby maintains an age-appropriate activity and is happy.
These are some basic breastfeeding techniques, although the best technique is the one carried out by each mother with her child. It will be necessary to observe which way the baby feels calmer and in which he ingests the feed without putting too many obstacles.