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Breastfeeding benefits, obtaining a latch, and positioning.

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  • It is important to obtain a deep latch between the baby’s mouth and mom’s breast. To do this the nipple needs to be deep inside the baby’s mouth. Tease baby’s chin with your finger or the nipple of the breast you wish to feed from. Once baby’s mouth is wide open push the breast tissue deep into the baby’s mouth. You was the baby’s mouth to cover as much of the areola of the breast as possible. Baby’s mouth provides mechanical stimulation to the milk sinus area while the tounge provides swallowing reflex as the milk is excreted. Deep gulps will be visible and audible.
  • There are several variations on the way mom can hold the baby while she breastfeeds. The main four positions are cradle, football or clutch, cross cradle, and side lying. In the cradle position the mother forearm supports the baby’s head and neck. Her hand and opposite arm support the baby’s body after obtaining a deep latch. This position can be of moderate difficulty for first time mothers.
  • In the football or clutch hold the mother’s hand supports baby’s head and neck while the forearm supports baby’s body. She will need a pillow to assist in support of the body. This is an easier position for most first time mothers as it allows for greater control of the baby’s head while obtaining a latch.
  • In the cross cradle position the baby’s head and neck are supported by the hand while the body is supported by the fore arm. You can use this position to get into a true cradle and to ease obtaining of a latch. It provides the control of baby’s head seen in the football/clutch hold while maintaining the traditionally thought of position of the cradle.
  • Side-lying is a good position for mom’s with episiotomy or laceration pain because it relieves the pressure from the painful area. Obtaining a proper latch may take a lot of practice for mom and baby, but the effort is worth the decreased pain sensation. To do this hold the breast in the lower arm and baby’s head in the upper arm. Follow the procedure for obtaining a latch. Once a good latch is attained mom can get comfortable.
  • Welcome to your experience of breastfeeding and congratulations on your new arrival! If at any time you have any questions you can call your local lactation consultant or contact LaLeche League for assistance.
  • Breastfeeding

    1. 1. The Best Possible Start Alison Lederer 2007 Revised 2011
    2. 2. Near Mom’s Heart
    3. 3. Health Benefits of Breastfeeding <ul><li>For the infant – protection from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gastroenteritis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>respiratory infection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>otitis media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>urinary tract infection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>atopic disease with a family hx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>juvenile diabetes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>obesity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Protherone 2003 </li></ul>
    4. 4. Health Benefits of Breastfeeding <ul><li>For the mother – protection from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ovarian cancer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>breast cancer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ baby fat” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Protherone 2003 </li></ul>
    5. 5. Obtaining a Latch