It may seem that there is nothing easier than breastfeeding. But many new mothers experience problems while breastfeeding. Where can you find help? How do I feed my baby efficiently?
It is well known that breast milk is the best food for a baby. Although breastfeeding your baby seems to be the most natural and instinctive way, in reality appearances can be deceptive.
It can take a long time to find the right position for breastfeeding, so it is a good idea to ask for help from a Certified Developmental Lactation Consultant (CDL) or a qualified midwife.
There are times when it is not possible to breastfeed your baby. This may be due to, among other things:
The baby can be breastfed in various positions, but the most important criterion for choice should be the comfort of both mother and child. The position chosen should be adapted to the particular situation, for example, the way in which the birth took place.
An uncomfortable breastfeeding position can cause:
It’s a good idea to learn a few basic positions, because everyday feeding often requires adapting to new situations.
Many midwives recommend that the first time you breastfeed your baby is during skin-to-skin contact, right after birth. In the case of natural births, the baby can be breastfed by the mother lying on her side, for example, in a semi-recumbent position.
After a Caesarean birth, the mother can only feed the baby while lying on her back – vertical feeding is only possible a few hours after the anaesthetic has been administered. Nursing the baby on its back is an uncomfortable position for the mother, so it should be done with the help of a midwife, father or doula.
The most comfortable position for feeding after a natural birth is on your side. Then you can freely observe your baby. In this case, the woman lies on her side, and the baby is right next to her, cuddled belly to belly of mom.
When feeding the baby in the side position, it is a good idea to support it at the back with a hand or a pillow so that it does not turn around on its own.
There are a few general rules to follow when breastfeeding your baby. These rules are independent of the position you choose.
Breastfeeding is a natural but often challenging task for a young mother, so it is always a good idea to ask a CDL or midwife for advice.