How to Breastfeed comfortably
It is important that your breastfeeding experience is comfortable and enjoyable so that you have time to bond positively with your baby. Here are some tips to help you achieve that.
- Always sit comfortably with your back and neck well supported on a chair
- Have the baby supported and the head at your breast level
- The baby’s ear, shoulder and hip should be in alignment
- Your nipple should be pointing towards the baby’s nose
- Always reposition the baby and NOT the breast
- Comfortable positions include the CROSS CRADLE and FOOTBALL HOLD
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A successful latch will have the following signs
- The baby’s mouth is wide mouth
- The angle of the corner of the mouth is between 130-150 degrees
- The baby’s chin is touching the breast
- The baby’s head is tilted slightly back
- The baby’s nose is NOT touching the breast
If the mouth or nose is in the wrong position, remember to reposition the baby and NOT your breast. Remember to pump your breast milk regularly to prevent breast engorgement or blocked ducts.
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How often should you express breastmilk?
|Scenario||Duration & Frequency||Suggested mode|
|New-born unable to suck colostrum||5-10 minutes every 1-2 hours||Express by hand using Marmet technique|
|To increase milk production||20 minutes every 2 hours (at least 6 times a day)||By hand or using pump|
|To soften the areola||3-4 times a day||Apply reverse pressure softening with your fingers|
|To clear blocked duct||Apply compress (cold if painful, warm if no pain)||By hand|
|Working mother away from your baby||15-30 minutes every 2-3 hours||Using pump (ideally double electric pump)|
Discuss with your doctor or lactation therapist if you
have trouble breast feeding your child
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