Breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally for every new mom. We understand that and we are here to share some tips to help you stick with it.
You might not face any struggles in the beginning, or at all, but you may face some struggles at some point. Most new moms have admitted that they had hurdles they had to overcome and felt like giving up at some point. It is easier to just throw in the towel and start formula feeding especially if you don’t have support. No need to feel stressed or frustrated because you’re not alone.
We have asked the professionals and have some advice to share with common breastfeeding hiccups you can overcome.
Your Baby is “Popping off”
This may demonstrate that your child isn’t latched on appropriately. Have a go at sitting semi-leaned back on the bed, or the long way on a couch, with cushions supporting your back. At that point put your infant down on top of you – gravity will help him hook on profoundly, says worldwide board-confirmed lactation expert Nancy Mohrbacher, creator of Breastfeeding Solutions: “Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges“. To help your child take your areola more into his/her mouth, you can try sitting in an upright chair while scooping your hips forward and leaning back. This will put you in a perfect position for baby to latch on properly.
Your Baby is choking on Your Milk
If your baby seems to be choking during each feedings it’s most likely because your milk is letting down very quickly and coming out just as quickly. This causes your baby to choke on the fast let down of milk. To back off the stream of milk, apply counter weight to the opposite breast: Place your open palm over the areola and push in toward your midsection as you count to five. The key is to control the milk before it begins spouting, so utilize this system toward the start of every feed, and rehash two to five times. It might likewise help to nurse your baby on one side if possible.
Falling Asleep While Nursing
If your baby seems to be falling asleep almost immediately after your put him/her on your breast to nurse it could be because your nipple isn’t deep enough in his/her mouth to trigger the “active sucking” affect. It could also possibly be because your baby needs an active flow of milk to stay alert. To help him/her stay alert for the feed, Chana suggests doing breast compressions as she eats: Hold your breast behind where your baby is latched on with your hand in the form of a C; then compress your breast for five counts and release for five counts.
It’s common for a baby to choose one breast over another. This is because your breast and nipples are perfectly identical and your baby will be more comfortable on one side compared to another. Attempt to keep him/her interested in both breasts. If they begin to refuse to nurse on one side you can always pump the excess milk from one breast and let them feed on one side.
Biting While Nursing
If your older baby is correctly latched on your breast then their teeth should never touch your nipple. Biting is bound to happen at some point either on accident or to see your reaction. How to react is the important part that will stop the biting before it escalates. If your baby does bite you the best thing you can do is keep a calm and neutral face and sit your baby down and tell them that hurts you and leave the room for a minute. They will understand that it’s not okay and will want to feed again. Their reaction is based on your reactions so keep that in mind. If your aby falls asleep while you’re nursing you can slide your pinky in to release the suction.