The Right Position For Breastfeeding Newborns?
Afternoon, want to ask, I’m a new mother, now my child is over 3 weeks old. My milk comes out, but it’s not too abundant, my child, when I was late after being milked, I didn’t go straight to sleep, but I was first bruised (when I was asleep), but a few minutes later I woke up again and continued to open my mouth while I was blown, but I didn’t feel bad, but I tempted it again then while struggling like that … already a few times back and forth right and left breasts, but constantly … That means my child is still thirsty or hungry right? But what if my milk seems empty? If it’s like that I can only wobble to sleep (it can take up to 2 hours to cry quietly cry silently then) What should I do? Please advise. I’m afraid my child isn’t breastfed enough. Sorry if the question is too long ..
Hello Ms. Nurul! Thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Congratulations on the birth of her baby.
3-week-old babies do not need abundant amounts of breast milk because the baby's stomach size is still very small. It should be noted whether the position and attachment of the mother when breastfeeding is correct. Here are the ways you can follow.
First, position yourself in a comfortable position.
Pay attention to the position of the baby, the baby's head and back must be in a straight line. The baby's body and head are facing the mother's body (the baby's stomach is attached to the mother's stomach and the baby's head does not look). This position makes it easy for babies to suck and swallow milk.
If the position is correct, bring your breast close to the baby's cheek. If the baby is hungry, the baby will open his mouth wide.
Make sure all parts of your areola (the dark part of the breast) enter the baby's mouth, not just the nipples. If it is correct, the baby's lower lip should fold out. If the baby's lower lip hasn't folded out, correct its position by gently pulling the baby's chin with your finger.
The baby's chin should always be attached to your breast during the breastfeeding process. Maintain eye contact with the baby and talk to the baby while he is breastfeeding. Avoid using cell phones or other gadgets during the breastfeeding process.
If the baby releases the suction while crying, the baby may be uncomfortable with your position. Mothers should change positions to be more comfortable. Infants who often take their breath off and look breathless (a sign of struggling) are a sign of tightness. Mothers should immediately see a doctor so that the baby can be examined to find out if there is interference with the baby.
Opening your mouth can indeed be a sign that he is hungry. However, you need to distinguish whether he is hungry or he is exploring his mouth. In the newborn period like this, the baby will learn a lot around the mouth, so sticking out the tongue may not be a sign that he is hungry. If the baby looks hungry, milk the baby before he cries. If the baby is already crying, calm him down before giving milk. Do not give milk when the baby is crying. When he sleeps after breastfeeding, also make sure his sleeping position is comfortable. The environment he sleeps should also be comfortable. Pay attention to the room temperature, don't be too cold or too hot. The lighting should be dimmed. Make sure the atmosphere of the room is quiet and not noisy.
That's all information from me. I hope this helps.