Latching a newborn can be tricky. This video show the optimal position to have your baby in to help them latch. Their body should be completely touching yours. If you can see their belly button they are too far away from your. Their face should be coming straight to the breast with their nose aiming for your nipple and the chin on the breast. Click on the picture for video.
There can be many reasons why a baby would struggle at the breast. Suck training exercises can help teach a baby how to more efficiently use the tongue to breastfeed. These can be done 3-5 times a day and take less than 5 minutes to do.
Plugged ducts are brutal. It's an area in the breast where milk has collected and won't move through the breast. Here are two videos I've made to talk you through getting a clog out.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a technique of moving fluid off of the breast when the breast is engorged. This technique is very helpful during the early days after birth when milk transitions as well as when there is a plugged or clogged duct.
A tongue tie is when he tissue under the tongue is too short to allow the tongue to move in fully. The tongue should move in and out, up and down, and side to side. You cannot tell just from looking at the tongue, you have to challenge the tongue and it's movement. This baby has a frenulum (the tissue under the tongue) but it can move freely, so the baby is not tied.
There is really no such thing as nipple confusion, it actually becomes a flow preference. Babies need to be actively engaged at the breast in order to stimulate the flow of milk. The flow of a bottle is instant and constant. By using a paced bottle feeding technique, you can mimic the flow of the breast with a bottle. Here's a video of how to pace your feedings.
There is no better way to have your breast milk supply sabotaged than a caregiver who overfeeds your baby. By practicing paced feeding, you're slowing a baby down in how much and how fast they are taking their milk as well as reading the baby's cues instead of following the lines on the bottle. Here is another great video on paced bottle feeding.
This wonderful video shows how to latch baby in the first hour after birth. When left alone, all babies are born with the innate reflex to move to and attach to the breast.
Nipple shields are a small piece of silicon that fit over the top of the nipple to help protect a nipple from damage. They are a tool that can be used for as short or as long as needed. Some moms use them temporarily to help heal the nipple. Other moms use them while waiting to get their baby's tongue tie clipped. They can also be used to help pull out a flat or inverted nipple. Click here for a great video on placing a nipple shield.
There are a variety of pumps on the market. From low tech manual pumps to high suction hospital grade pumps, the kind of pump you buy will depend on if you're a casual or daily pumper. Navigate through various pumps that can be purchased on the market today.
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