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An understanding of the correct way of breastfeeding is needed by mothers so that the breastfeeding process runs smoothly. Don't be discouraged if you often have difficulty breastfeeding, because this article will help you deal with it
Breast milk (ASI) contains more than 200 perfect nutrients to meet the needs of babies. Along with growth and development, the nutritional content in breast milk will adjust to the baby's needs.
Providing exclusive breastfeeding for up to 6 months will reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity, asthma, and infectious diseases such as ear infections, pneumonia (pneumonia), meningitis, and diarrhea. In addition, breast milk is also able to increase the baby's intelligence.
The Right Way to Breastfeed
The following things can be done to make breastfeeding easy and fun for both mother and baby:
1. Make sure mother and baby are relaxed and comfortable
The position of the baby's head must be higher than the body. This is intended to make it easier for the baby to swallow.The mother can support it with her hands or prop her up with a pillow. Then, place the baby's nose in line with the nipple. This will encourage the baby to open his mouth.
2. Bringing the baby closer to the breast
When the baby starts to open his mouth and wants to suckle, then bring the baby closer to the mother's breast. Wait until the mouth is wide open with the tongue down.
If the baby has not done so, the mother can guide the baby by gently touching the bottom of the baby's lips with the mother's nipple.
3. Correct gluing
The best attachment position for a nursing baby is that the baby's mouth is not only attached to the nipple, but also to the areola. This attachment is one of the important requirements in the correct way of breastfeeding.
Good attachment is indicated by the absence of pain in the mother when the baby suckles and the baby gets sufficient milk. To know this, the mother can listen when the baby swallows the milk.
4. Correcting the baby's position
If the nipple hurts, remove the attachment by inserting the little finger into the mouth and placing it between the gums. This movement will stop the feeding while you can adjust the baby's position.
Then try again for a better attachment position. Once the latch is correct, the baby will generally be able to suckle well.
5. Feeding time
Babies can breastfeed from 5 minutes to 1 hour, depending on their needs. For newborns, usually babies need to be breastfed every 2-3 hours with a feeding time of 10-15 minutes per session, but it can also be longer.
Generally it takes some time for mother and baby to adapt, so that the breastfeeding process goes smoothly.
Necessary Breastfeeding Supplies
In addition to practicing the correct way of breastfeeding. There are several tools or equipment for breastfeeding to support the comfort and smoothness of breastfeeding.
Mothers are advised to use a special nursing bra that has a hook or button on the front that can be opened. A bra size that fits and is comfortable can help avoid blockage of the milk ducts or the occurrence of inflammation of the breast tissue (mastitis).
To prevent milk leakage in the bra, mothers can use breast pads that are tucked into the front of the nipple. For mothers who plan to express breast milk, mothers can buy breast pumps and breast milk storage containers.
In addition, having nursing clothes or a nursing apron can make it easier when breastfeeding in public places, including when traveling back and forth.
Often, it takes practice and practice for some time for the mother and baby to work well together during the breastfeeding process. If you have problems regarding the correct way of breastfeeding, mothers can ask for advice and assistance from doctors, midwives, or lactation consultants.
Don't forget to always monitor the baby's growth, because good growth and development according to age is a sign of adequacy of breastfeeding. If the baby's physical growth does not increase or slows down, consult a doctor immediately.