Undoubtedly the best thing you can do for your child is breastfeeding. Aside from the health benefits for the mother and the baby, breastfeeding also help the parent and the child form a more stronger bond. This is something that most mother see as natural and a process for which there is no need for preparation and happens “on its own”. This is the cause for the failures in breastfeeding for most mothers. Breastfeeding is a wonderful natural process for which you need to be ready both physically and mentally. But you also need to know the techniques for breastfeeding, the positions, as well as what to do if a problem occurs, so that you can help yourself and the baby. However, this problem may be missed by most mothers in the beginning the even might not be breastfeeding correctly. Here are some tips to help you find out if you are making any errors while feeding your baby.
Signs of proper lactation
- The baby’s mouth is wide open, with its lips out.
- The chin and the nose of the baby are both touching the breast.
- The baby’s moth covers the areola as much as possible .
- The baby suck rhythmically and deeply, in short series, with short breaks.
- You can hear the baby swallows.
- You do not feel any discomfort or pain in the nipple after baby starts to suck.
Signs of improper lactation
- The baby’s head is tilted forward or back (not in a flat position with the body).
- The baby’s mouth covers the nipple but not the areola.
- The baby suck little and fast (not deep and rhythmic).
- The baby’s cheeks are pulled inwards, and you can hear the sound of sucking which (click) the baby causes with his tongue.
- You don’t hear regular swallowing after you feel the flow of milk.
- You feel pain during breastfeeding, in the breast or nipple, or you have damage to the nipples (bleeding or cracked skin ).
If you notice any irregularities, immediately consult a pediatrician or a nurse.