HOW TO PROPERLY POSITION YOUR BABY DURING BREASTFEEDING

1. Sit up–right in a comfortable position with back straight.

2. Bring the baby to you instead of bending to reach the baby.

3. Put a pillow on your lap beneath the baby so as not to strain your hand by carrying the baby’s weight and also not to strain your back because of bending.

4. Baby’s tummy should be facing your tummy.

5. Touch the baby’s lips with your nipple. When the baby’s mouth opens wide, move the baby quickly onto the breast.

6. To check if baby is feeding well, the mouth should be wide open, lower lip is turned outward, chin touching the breast and cheeks are rounded.

7. The baby should take slow deep sucks while breastfeeding without making too much sound because it means the baby is sucking air.

8. Let the baby finish one breast first and come off on his/her own. This is a sign that the baby has gotten most of the milk out of that breast. Then give the baby the other breast. Generally, the baby should suckle on each breast between 20-30 minutes.

9. Feed your baby day and night, at least every 2-3 hours.

10. Frequent feeding helps your body to produce enough milk and prevents your breast from becoming engorged and painful.

11. You will know your baby is taking enough milk if the baby is passing urine at least 6 times a day and is gaining weight. The baby’s urine should be light in color

Tips Courtesy of M.P Shah Well Baby.

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