Q: What’s the best position for breastfeeding?
A: Whichever position you prefer. That said, I recommend feeding lying down on a bed. It’s comfortable for the new mother and allows her to rest her feet. Often she will naturally doze off, as baby does. And they can cocoon together for a while to get rejuvenated.
Q: How do I know if the breast it in right?
A: It won’t hurt. And baby’s chin will be moving wildly as they suck.
Q: How do I get a good latch?
A: Make your breast a hamburger, hold it firmly between your thumb and your other four fingers. Shove the breast into your baby’s mouth when your baby’s chin is open. Feed the bottom of the breast into their mouth, then slip the top in before they close their mouth full of breast. The key with latching your baby is ensuring they’re chin is down when you feed the breast into their mouth. You shouldn’t be able to see much (or any) of your areola. They will naturally start furiously sucking. If the pain is above 4 after 5 seconds of feeding. Start again. Also, calm baby before putting them on. Latching a screaming baby when you’re learning is stressful.
Q: Feeding is painful. Is that normal?
A: Feeding is not meant to be painful. On a scale of one to ten, the pain might be a four in the first few days while your nipples become conditioned to the constant sucking. Any more than four is something to investigate. Whenever there is a pain, detach your baby by slipping your pinky finger into the corner of their mouth and breaking the suction. Then take the breast out and start again.
Q: What can I do if my nipples get really raw and chafed?
A: Rub some of your extra milk on the nipples after a feed and let it dry. This will help them heal. You can also use organic natural nipple balm. Another idea is nipple shields. Nipples shields are reusable temporary plastic devices that ‘shield’ your nipples if they get too chaffed. Placed over the nipples, babies suck on the plastic instead of your nipple and as your milk is stimulated by their sucking it drips through the nipple shield holds. Don’t be too concerned, but just remember to stop using them, or reduce their use as soon as the nipple tissue heals. Otherwise, your baby will become conditioned to feeding with the shields on.
Q: My baby’s crying a lot. I think they have an uncomfortable tummy from my milk. Am I doing something wrong?
A: Try feeding lying down. You may have such a strong flow that they’re getting lots of milk very quickly and it’s hard for them to manage in their little tummy. Also, consider cutting out ‘windy’ like cabbage and tummy sensitive products like wheat, soy and processed sugar.