BREASTFEEDING BASICS 

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3 Key Points to Breastfeeding Basics:
  1. Get comfortable
  2. Tummy to Mummy
  3. Nose to nipple alignment
Latching:
  • Hand expressing some milk on the nipple before a latch can be helpful in the early days, wait for a big open mouth then quickly and firmly push baby on to latch.

 

Signs of a deep latch

  • Breast tissue and areola in the mouth, lips flipped out, maintain pressure against your body, non painful, round nipple when you finish.

 

 BREASTFEEDING POSITIONS 

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Breastfeeding Positions:
 
  • Cross cradle – great for newborns you need more support and guidance for latching
  • Cradle – Better for a older baby with better head control
  • Football – Helpful if you have large breast, or an option to just change the pressure point on your nipple
  • Side lying – Good option for night feeds or if you're in pain from c-section, stitches or back pain.
 

 NEWBORN FEEDING CUES 

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  • Colostrum is low volume but potent in immune properties. 
  • Baby's second night is often a feeding marathon to bring in your mature milk on day 3.
 
Feeding Cues: smacking lips, sticking out tongue, turning their head, sucking on their hands
 
Stop feeding when your baby is not longer interested, looking satisfied and sleepy.
 
Minimum of 8 feeds in 24hr and tracking pees and poos for reassurance they getting enough.​
 

 OVERCOMING COMMON OBSTACLES 

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  • Nipple care – Work on a deep latch, milk and creams on nipples and air drying, take a break with a pump or nipple shield, extra padding in your bra to prevent rubbing.

  • Normalizing obstacles such as small babies, unstable blood sugar, jaundice or tongue tie that down the line can lead to low milk without proper stimulation. Compensating with hand expression or pumping.

  • Alternate feeding plans –Pumping double electric, spoon, cup, finger feeding, tube at the breast, bottle feeding, IV fluids.

  • It can feel overwhelming navigating different advice, try things, take what works and leave what doesn't