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It is important to make sure you are in a good breastfeeding position right from the start so that you can relax and breastfeed your baby over a longer period of time without pain or discomfort. For the best result, allow your midwife or lactation consultant to assist you.
Breastfeeding is the best way to nourish your baby. Not everyone can breastfeed successfully straight away. A little practice and patience is often needed for you and your baby to get used to it. We are happy to support you both with a few basic breastfeeding tips.
Always offer the breast with a C-hold — with the fingers under the breast and the thumb on top behind the areola. This allows you to support your breast without touching the areola.
Before latching, direct your nipple towards your baby's lips. As soon as the mouth is open wide enough you press the baby's head gently but firmly onto the breast. Make sure that your baby is not only sucking on the nipple but also has a large part of the surrounding darker area (the areola) in their mouth.
Protect your nipples and don't allow your baby to suckle for comfort. As soon as they have finished drinking, carefully slide your little finger into the corner of their mouth to break the vacuum and thereby detach your baby from the breast.
You can breastfeed your baby in a variety of different positions — whether it be sitting, lying down or standing. Try them out to see which one works best for you and your baby. When breastfeeding, it is important to find a position that is comfortable for both of you so that you are also able to hold your baby in this position over longer time periods.
Most children are breastfed in the cradle hold. In this position, the child lies across your stomach with their head resting on your forearm and elbow. If you are feeding in a seated position, you can relieve some of the strain in your arm and shoulder muscles by using a breastfeeding pillow or other cushioned support.
The football hold is particularly recommended if the side of your breast feels very heavy and isn't draining completely. For this one your baby lies on their back, or is propped slightly upright, directly at your hip. Your forearm supports their back and your hand holds the head so you can have eye contact.
You can really relax when you breastfeed while lying down. For this you and your baby lie on your sides, tummy to tummy. Ensure that your baby's face is positioned at the height of your nipple. It helps to rest your head on a pillow with your shoulder pushed slightly forwards.
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