Guide to the correct way of breastfeeding

 

Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.

Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond……..by  World Health Organisation.

Correct way of breastfeeding
  • Make sure you are sitting comfortably and you are well supported.
  • Hold your baby close to you, facing your chest.
  • Position your baby on their side with their nose opposite your nipple.
  • Support your breast from underneath.
  • Position your fingers well back from the areola/nipple so your baby is able to take a big mouthful of breast tissue.
  • Touch your baby’s lips with your nipple to encourage your baby to open their mouth wide.
  • Make sure your baby’s mouth is very wide (like yawning), bring your baby quickly to the breast, chin first.
  • Attach so your baby’s bottom lip is well down over the areola, ‘off centre’.
  • Continue to support your breast until your baby is sucking and swallowing in a deep rhythmic pattern.
  • If you experience pain when your baby starts swallowing, take your baby off the nipple and re-attach.
  • Remember to insert a clean finger between the baby’s gums to break the seal when taking your baby off the breast.

Culled from: www.thewomens.org.au

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