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• How Long & Often Should One Breastfeed?
• How To Get Started With Breastfeeding?
• Infant Feeding Cues
• Most Effective Breastfeeding Positions & Holds
• Practical Effective Breastfeeding Techniques
• Key Takeaways
• FAQs
• Message From SuperBottoms

When we think about a breastfeeding mother, the first image that comes to our minds is a mother sitting on a comfortable chair, happily looking at her child, calmly feeding in her arms. But those who have breastfed a child know that many times, especially in the beginning, while you are still establishing a latch, the picture is not as happy and calm as it seems. This breastfeeding guide for new mothers will discuss effective breastfeeding techniques and breastfeeding newborn tips to help new moms achieve that comfortable and calm phase in their breastfeeding journey.

How Long & Often Should One Breastfeed?

It's recommended that babies breastfeed exclusively for at least the first six months, but many mothers continue breastfeeding beyond this period. Each breastfeeding session typically lasts 20-30 minutes, but the duration may vary for each baby. Babies should feed until they feel full; there's no risk of overfeeding with breastfeeding. Babies may cluster feed for hours during growth spurts. Ideally, babies breastfeed 8-12 times in 24 hours, and as long as their urine output meets paediatrician recommendations, there's no need for concern.

How To Get Started With Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing for new mothers, but it does require some guidance for both the new mom and the newborn baby. Thus, these breastfeeding tips and getting started will come in handy.

• Ensure you eat healthily, as certain foods can help you establish a good supply of breastmilk. Read about Healthy Foods To Increase Breastmilk Supply HERE.

• The position you sit in while feeding and your comfort is fundamental breastfeeding techniques. Use pillows and position yourself comfortably. Positioning your spine awkwardly while sitting or lying down for feeding will create discomfort and can result in backaches in the long run.

• Keep yourself hydrated. Lack of hydration can lead to a low milk supply. If your milk supply is low, no matter which breastfeeding techniques you pick, the breastfeeding journey might be challenging for you and your baby.

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Infant Feeding Cues:

Before discussing breastfeeding tips and breastfeeding techniques, one of the first thumb rules to remember for new moms is that feeding when your baby is hungry is essential. Thus, you would need to identify your baby's hunger cues to be able to feed effectively. When hungry, your baby will(1):

• Licking the lips.
• Sucking the thumb or hand.
• Making sucking movements with lips in the air.
• Bobbing its head against your neck or shoulder or the mattress.
• If extremely hungry, then crying.

Babies do not start crying in the initial phase when they feel hungry. If you fail to identify these hunger cues and do not feed them, they will starve or start crying.

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Most Effective Breastfeeding Positions & Holds:

There are many positions and holds that are best for breastfeeding techniques. Which one you choose depends on your comfort and that of your baby. Here are some of the most influential positions and holds to choose from:

1. Cradle Hold: This is a classic position in which the baby's head rests on your arm, and the body faces you for easy latching.

2. Football Hold: Ideal for post-C-section moms, the baby lies on your side, allowing better visibility of the latch.

3. Side-Lying Position: Great for tired moms, lie on your side with baby tummy-to-tummy for feeding and rest.

4. Dangle Position: The breast dangles over the baby's face while the baby lies on its back, which is helpful for plugged ducts.

5. Cross Cradle Hold: This is similar to cradle hold but with added support; use one arm to hold the baby's head and the other for the back or bum.

6. Laid Back Feeding: Lie down with the baby on your chest; allow the baby's natural feeding instincts to kick in.

7. Upright Hold: As the baby gains neck control, sit on your lap, facing you for feeding. This position is ideal for babies with reflux.

8. Breastfeeding In A Carrier: It is convenient for nursing in public, loosening the sling, and feeding the baby comfortably seated in a carrier.

During breastfeeding sessions, these positions offer comfort and convenience for both mom and baby.

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Practical Effective Breastfeeding Techniques:

Getting the perfect latch with your baby while breastfeeding them might take a few attempts. Here are some practical breastfeeding tips for new moms latching breastfeeding techniques for you and your baby:

1. Proper Latch: Ensuring a correct latch is essential for successful breastfeeding. Help your baby latch onto your breast properly by aiming their lower lip and chin at it, allowing them to take in a good mouthful of breast tissue. A proper latch prevents nipple pain and ensures effective milk transfer.

2. Frequent Nursing: To establish a good milk supply, breastfeed your baby frequently, especially in the early days. Respond promptly to your baby's hunger cues, such as rooting, sucking on fists, or making sucking sounds, rather than sticking to a strict feeding schedule.

3. Comfortable Positioning: Experiment with different breastfeeding positions to find what works best for you and your baby. Typical positions include the cradle hold, football hold, and side-lying position. Choose a comfortable position that allows for a good latch.

4. Breast Compression: If your baby seems to be slowing down or losing interest during a feeding, gently compress your breast to encourage milk flow. This can help ensure your baby gets enough milk, especially if your milk flow is slow or your baby is sleepy.

5. Skin-to-Skin Contact: Practise skin-to-skin contact with your baby, especially in the early days after birth. Skin-to-skin contact promotes bonding, regulates your baby's body temperature, heart rate, and breathing, and encourages breastfeeding initiation and duration.

Incorporating these breastfeeding tips for new moms into your breastfeeding guide for new mothers can help promote a positive breastfeeding experience for you and your baby while supporting milk supply and bonding.

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Key Takeaways:

• Every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Similarly, as babies grow and develop, their feeding preferences and needs may change.

• Learning various positions and breastfeeding newborn tips can come as a blessing.

• Experiment with each one and see which works best for you. If you still cannot find a perfect latch or have issues, contact a lactation consultant.

FAQs:

What are some influential breastfeeding positions?

Ans. Influential breastfeeding positions include the cradle hold, football hold, side-lying position, cross cradle hold, and laid-back feeding. Each position offers comfort and convenience for both mom and baby during breastfeeding.

How long should a breastfeeding session last?

Ans. Typically, a breastfeeding session lasts 20-30 minutes, but the duration may vary for each baby. It's essential to feed until your baby feels complete, as there's no risk of overfeeding with breastfeeding.

How often should I breastfeed my baby?

Ans. Ideally, babies should breastfeed 8-12 times in 24 hours. Let your baby decide how often and how long to feed, as babies may cluster feed for hours during growth spurts.

Message From SuperBottoms

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Reference Links:

1. Breastfeeding Tips: What to Know About Breastfeeding a Newborn
2. 20 Breastfeeding Tips Every New Parent Should Know

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