How To Breast Feed Your Baby: Positions, Information, Problems, And Tips

Breast feeding positions and information on how to deal with any problems that arise with breast feeding.

Mothers have a choice between feeding their baby formula or to breast feed. For the women who choose to breast feed they usually make this descion because of the nutrient value that a mothers breast milk has, breast fed babies are believed to be able to fight off sickness easier, it's convenient in that a mother doesn't have to worry about making formula up, breast milk is always the right temperature and that breast feeding is more cost effiecient by that it's cheaper than buying formula, which can end up being quite expensive.

Breast feeding can end up being difficult for a mother and also for the baby at first. The best thing to do is to start breast feeding as soon as you can after the baby's born. You should keep the baby right in the same room with you in the hospital so your able to breast feed when ever you can. You should also tell the nurses that you intend to breast feed because breast feeding right from the start will make breast feeding an easier process for you as well as your baby.

To make breast feeding go easier you can change the position of the baby: usually it works best if baby's head lines up with their body. You should always breast feed when their hungry. Babies feed better in a dark room rather than a lite up room. Babies being breast fed usually eat every 1 1/2 to 3 hours, since breast milk digests faster in a baby's system than formula does. The baby should be allowed to nurse as long as it wants to. You should always make sure you switch breasts.

Sometimes there are obstacles that come up in breast feeding. Some of these situations are that if the baby tenses up it can lead to the baby not getting enough milk. To fix this situation you should press on baby's chin so the lower lip comes out so the tongue can go up and the baby can latch on the breast. If the baby makes slurping sounds when they suck this usually means that the baby doesn't have a good seal on the breast.

There are signs that a baby is latched onto the breast correctly: these signs are that there is no gap to be seen by the baby's mouth and there's no milk leaking out around the baby's mouth, there's no signs of the nipple showing, you can see that the whole lower jaw of the baby's mouth is moving and also that the baby's cheeks are going in and out and you are able to see that the baby is swallowing.

Remember that your baby should also be gaining weight if everything is going well with breast feeding. If you feel that your baby is losing weight see a doctor immediately because this could mean a serious problem in that the baby's not getting the proper amount of breast milk they need.

If at first breast feeding seems to be a problem for you keep on trying because of the benefits you and your baby get from breast feeding.

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