Breastfeeding would be a comfortable and pleasing experience for you and your baby starting from day one.
Yet, it is also normal for new moms to find nursing uncomfortable or even painful.
One of the reasons moms might quit from breastfeeding because they find that it is too painful to tolerate.
But you don’t have to! A painful or uncomfortable feeling during breastfeeding means that something is not right.
It might be because of your baby’s latch, recurring sore nipples or just boredom.
If you suffer from severe pain, make sure to ask your doctor or a lactation consultant for help in pinpointing and solving the problem.
However, if you are experiencing mild discomfort, these tips can help you make nursing more comfortable and help you reach your breastfeeding goals!
1. Support your body.
Before you start feeding your baby, mom needs to be comfortable.
Make sure you choose a chair or a couch with plenty of support for your back and arms.
After that, put your feet up either on a coffee table or propped up on a footstool or a stack of pillows.
If you prefer nursing in your bed, be sure to use plenty of pillows. Whatever position that is comfortable to you, remember to bring your baby to your breast instead of you hunching or bending toward your baby.
2. Support your breasts.
Your breast will naturally be heavier while you are breastfeeding because you are producing breast milk after all!
You might need to support them as well.
Once mom is comfortable and ready to breastfeed, cup your breast with the palm of your hand.
The way to hold it; your four fingers should be underneath your breast and your thumb should rest above your nipple, opposite of your baby’s nose.
This position is called C-Hold.
3. Support your baby.
Your baby will have their best latch and nurse efficiently if your baby is comfortable as well.
Whichever breastfeeding position you choose, please make sure that your little one is comfortable.
The position of your baby should be at the same height as your breast and nipple with their mouth directly opposite your nipple.
If you get tired while breastfeeding, try using a pillow or a folded blanket to help support yours.
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